Barker extends Warwickshire stay
Warwickshire bowling all-rounder Keith Barker has been rewarded for his fine form this season with a new three-year contract.
Fresh from re-modelling his bowling action over the winter, Barker performed brilliantly during the first half of the LV= County Championship Division One campaign.
The left-arm seamer claimed 32 wickets in seven matches at an outstanding average of 17.43 as Warwickshire ended the mid-season break from four-day action in second place.
Barker said: “Warwickshire is a great club with a strong squad that’s capable of competing in all domestic competitions.
“I have been very keen to remain part of this and I’m very happy to be able to extend my stay here for another three years.”
The club’s director of cricket Ashley Giles added: “It’s great news for the club that Keith has committed for another three years.
“He’s worked incredibly hard and shown great commitment to improving his game in training with Graeme Welch over the last two years.
“The team have certainly reaped the rewards for his efforts, particularly in the LV= County Championship.
“He’s matured as a cricketer and taken great confidence out of leading the attack with Chris Wright in the early part of the season, so everyone is delighted that he will remain at Edgbaston until at least 2015.”