Cricket news - Luke Wright pens contract extension with Sussex

Wright has signed on till 2023

Wright has signed on till 2023

Sussex's white-ball skipper Luke Wright has signed a contract extension with the club, a deal that'll see the England international remain at Hove until the 2023 season. The 35-year-old, who has remained with the club for 16 years now, will play only the white-ball formats.

The new contract follows another prolific season for Wright in the T20 Blast this year. His tally of 411 runs from 11 innings at 137 SR was bettered only by Kent's Daniel Bell-Drummond and Middlesex's Stevie Eskinazi. Under Wright's captaincy, Sussex made a third quarterfinal in as many years.

"I'm very happy to have signed an extension to my contract," Wright said. "I believe I have a very important role at the club both as a player and in helping the next generation of players come through. 2020 has been a very challenging year for the club, and I sincerely hope to help get Sussex back to competing in all forms. This club is very special to me and my family."

Since making his debut in 2003, Wright has scored a total of 7998 Blast runs in addition to 5126 List A runs and is a bonafide legend at the club. ""It's great that Luke has committed himself long term to Sussex Cricket," said Performance director, Keith Greenfield. "Luke is an outstanding batsman in one-day cricket and his experience and skill means he continues to go from strength to strength as a player. He is a valuable and important person within our club and his leadership to turn us into a winning team will be essential in the coming months and years."

Max Waller to stay on at Somerset till 2022

Legspinner Max Waller has also pledged his allegiance to Somerset, a club he has been at since he was 10. The 32-year-old made his debut in the 2009 season and has gone on to become a central role in the club's T20 side, claiming 132 wickets at an economy of 7.28.

"I'm delighted to have extended my contract at Somerset for another two years," Waller said. "Having represented the club since I was 10 years old, the County obviously has a very special place in my heart. I look forward to helping the team win silverware in T20 cricket over the next few years as we look to keep improving in the shortest format of the game.

"It is always fantastic to play in front of our Members and passionate supporters, so hopefully we will be able to do that again next summer. Thanks as always for all of the support and I can't wait to get back out there for the 2021 season and beyond."