Cox signs senior Worcestershire deal
Worcestershire Academy wicketkeeper Ben Cox has signed a four-year professional contract with the club, as they seek to identify a long-term replacement for the departed Steven Davies.
Cox, 17, from Stourbridge, starred with 61 on first-class debut in the LV= County Championship match against Somerset at Taunton when Davies was unavailable.
The Bromsgrove School pupil’s first dismissal was Marcus Trescothick, stumped off Moeen Ali.
Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes said: “Ben will finish his A Levels next summer and then join us on a full-time professional contract.
“He is a very good athlete and has chosen cricket as his future sport - a decision we are delighted about.
“He is a product of our Academy under the guidance of Damian D'Oliveira. He showed real character on his debut and I look forward to working with him over the next few years.”
Cox said: “I am delighted to sign for Worcestershire and I am already looking forward to the challenges ahead in the future years.
“Being a local lad and having played in the youth set-up and Academy, I would like to thank the club, particularly Steve Rhodes and Damian D'Oliveira, for giving me this opportunity.
“I am very excited for the coming season and look to further my development and to perform to the best of my ability and in the best interests of the club.”
Cox made two centuries for Worcestershire Under-17s in the past two seasons.