Tuesday, March 21st, 2023


Head Coach Alan Richardson says Worcestershire have “high hopes” for spinner Josh Baker after he signed a new three-year contract and regards him as “a really exciting prospect.”

Baker had one year left of his current deal but has pledged his future at New Road until at least the end of the 2025 season. The 19-year-old has played in 15 LV=Insurance County Championship and eight One Day Cup matches since making his debut in July 2021 and has been a first-team regular.

The slow left-armer has just returned to full fitness after recovering from a stress fracture of the lower back which caused him to miss the final third of last season.

Richardson said: “Great news that Josh has committed his future at the club.  We’ve got high hopes for Josh. He has been exposed to quite a bit of cricket already and has acquitted himself really well.

“For him to bed himself in, and to continue his development with Worcestershire, is really exciting for us.

“He has made some really good contributions, has learnt a lot, and is already understanding and getting to grips with the ups and downs of being a professional cricketer.

“His contribution with the ball, in general, has been really good, and he has started to develop his batting and fielding.

“You look at him, and you would hope that all three of those skill sets will continue to get better, and it makes him a really exciting prospect for us.

“He cares a lot about his game and for the team.”