Yardy signs new deal at Sussex

December 14, 2011

by Paul

Michael Yardy has signed a two year contract extension at Sussex County Cricket Club keeping him at the county up until the end of the 2014 season.

Yardy made his debut for Sussex 11 years ago and has represented the Hove based county in 139 first-class matches since. Yardy took over the captaincy in 2009 from Chris Adams, and has been a key player in the recent success of the club. Yardy contributes with both bat and ball in all forms of the game, and it was his consistent performances at this level that triggered an international call up.

Yardy, 31, has featured in 28 one-day international for England but during the World Cup earlier this year, Yardy returned home early after suffering with depression. Yardy took several months out of the game before returning to lead his county in May. However, after a short comeback, Yardy took a further break to aid his recovery.

Yardy said: “Sussex have shown a lot of understanding and patience with me over the last year and I am very focused and determined to produce my best cricket over the next few years. I’m proud to be captain and lead a talented and committed squad who are hungry for success.”

Yardy has registered 8,223 runs in his first-class career at an average of 39.15, and is regarded as a specialist one-day bowler, where he has picked up 127 List-A wickets, bowling left arm orthodox. The Sussex captain will be hoping to add to these good statistics in 2012, and lead his county to success in division one of the County Championship, and compete in both formats of the one-day competitions.

Chris Murtagh 14/12/2001

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