Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Cox Becomes Fourth County Player To Commit Future With Two Year Contract

Cox Becomes Fourth County Player To Commit Future With Two Year Contract

Worcestershire wicket-keeper Ben Cox has signed a new two year contract with the LV County Championship Division Two leaders.

Cox, whose current contract ended at the conclusion of this season, has put pen to paper until the end of the 2016 campaign.

The 22-year-old becomes the fourth Worcestershire player in the last four days to sign a new two year deal after all-rounder Joe Leach, paceman Chris Russell and batsman Tom Fell.

Cox made his debut in 2009 and has experienced previous spells in the first team but this is his first full season of senior cricket.

Cox impressed with his keeping against the many different deliveries of Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal.

The Academy product also scored his maiden first class century with 104 in the home Championship clash with Hampshire in June.

Worcestershire Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes said: "In many ways you could say it is a breakthrough season because Ben has been consistent in his cricket so far this year, batting well and wicket-keeping well.

"He's growing a lot in his confidence and because of that, he's now becoming more of a presence on the field and enjoying the role of being more of a senior figure in the fielding group.

"But, also with the bat, he has developed a very strong powerful game for all formats and in one-day cricket he is a dangerous striker down the order.

"We are pleased he has signed his contract."

Cox said: "I am over the moon to sign the new contract. Signing for two years gives me a bit of security now.

"I'm just pleased that I've taken my chance this year and that the club have rewarded me for my efforts.

"It is good that all the young players are signing. It is good that everyone wants their future here – and now me.

"I trained immensely hard in the winter and Ross (Dewar, strengthening and conditioning coach) tells me how much I've changed in the last two years in terms of my work ethic, my training, my nutrition, everything.

"Particularly with my keeping, the amount of hours I did in the winter, even 6.30am starts at Malvern College with Bumpy (Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes), has helped and I've been rewarded for it."