New Durham deal for Rushworth

  • Last Updated: May 19 2014, 10:05 BST

Seam bowler Chris Rushworth has signed a new deal with Durham that will keep him with the county until 2017.

Chris Rushworth: Long-term deal boosts Durham bowler
Chris Rushworth: Long-term deal boosts Durham bowler

The 27-year-old has been with Durham since his academy days and has picked up more than 200 wickets since his debut in 2010.

Rushworth has since formed a formidable opening partnership with Graham Onions and now joins the England bowler in committing his future to the county.

"I'm obviously over the moon. It's my home club, and to be given a new deal for a longer term is good for me and it's good from the club to put their faith in me," Rushworth said.

"It's a big confidence booster and I hope that by 2017 we can win a few more titles and I can keep taking wickets.

"It's nice for me to be bowling at the other end to Graham and it's great that he's going to be here for the time that I'm here. Hopefully we can form a strong partnership for years to come."

Head coach Jon Lewis added: "We're delighted that Chris has signed a long term extension to his contract. He's an integral part of the team and he has been for several years.

"His fitness has been on the up and up, so we're as confident as we can be that he's a bowler that's going to play a lot of cricket going forward.

"It's good for the club that we can plan for the future with senior players like him around."

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