Worcestershire CCC pace bowler Charlie Morris has signed a contract extension until the end of the 2023 season, and Head Coach Alex Gidman says his professionalism is an example for the entire squad.
Morris had one year remaining of his current deal but has put pen to paper for a further 12 months at New Road.
The 29-year-old made his senior debut for Worcestershire in 2014 and reached the 200-wicket mark in first class cricket this summer.
He produced the best figures in an innings this summer by a Worcestershire bowler, with 6-52 in the penultimate LV=Insurance County Championship match against Middlesex at Lord’s.
Morris then followed that by scoring his maiden County Championship half century against Leicestershire at New Road.
He was Worcestershire Rapids leading wicket-taker in this summer’s Vitality Blast with 17 scalps.
Morris twice returned career-best Blast performances of 3-37 versus Durham at New Road and 3-21 against Derbyshire Falcons at the Incora County Ground.
Gidman said: “Charlie has been a vital member of the squad for several years.
“He is still a very reliable and accurate bowler and someone who is great to have in our squad for all formats of the game.
“Charlie is the hardest working player we’ve got on the staff and is always trying to improve, always trying to get better.
“The end he had to the season was a credit to his work ethic and fitness levels in particular. He is very diligent about how he goes about his business.
“He is a great example to not just the younger bowlers, but the whole squad in terms of professionalism, so really pleased he has committed to us for a little bit longer.”
Morris is delighted to extend his stay at New Road and is determined to keep getting the best out of his talents.
He said: “I’m delighted to have signed an extension. I work really hard at my cricket, and this helps give me confidence on the pitch.
“I’m determined to get the most out of my cricket career, and that comes down to putting in the work, and that is certainly something I will endeavour to do.
“Whilst I’m not a leader in the group as such in terms of an appointed position, I do my best to try and pull others along by working hard and setting my own standards high.
“If that can in any way help motivate and bring certain standards up, by pushing myself and having a knock-on effect on others, I hope that is a positive outcome of putting in the hard work.”