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Yardy lengthens Sussex stay

Michael Yardy has amassed more than 9,000 runs in his 167 first-class games for Sussex, whom he is key for in all formats

Michael Yardy has moved towards seeing out his career with sole county Sussex by signing a one-year contract extension until the end of the 2015 season.

The batting all-rounder’s previous deal was due to end at the end of a testimonial campaign in 2014, but he will now represent the club until close to his 35th birthday.

Yardy, a left-handed batsman, has scored over 9,000 runs in his 167 first-class games for Sussex. His 166 List A appearances for the county have yielded more than 3,000 runs and over 100 wickets. The former Sussex captain has also impressed in his 84 Twenty20 matches for the Sharks.

Yardy has won 42 limited-overs caps for England, helping them to triumph in the 2010 World Twenty20 thanks mainly to his left-arm spin.

"I'm really happy to have extended my contract with Sussex. It's really important that we keep progressing forward and challenging on all fronts,” he said. "My aim is to put in match-winning performances to contribute towards that."

Sussex professional cricket manager Mark Robinson said: "Yards plays such an important role in our club, not only as a player but also as a custodian of the culture that is Sussex County Cricket Club.

"On both accounts we are delighted that we have him for a further two years. He is as hungry as ever and we are excited at the prospect of him helping us achieve future success.”

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