Dearden commits to Foxes

08 October 2018 20:54:30 GMTPlus10

Harry Dearden has agreed a one-year extension with Leicestershire as the Foxes build their squad for 2019.

The 21-year-old batsman commits his future to the club days after Pakistan star Muhammad Abbas and veteran all-rounder Neil Dexter did the same.

"Harry is a young batsman who goes about his batting in an impressive manner," said Leicestershire head coach Paul Nixon.

"He has demonstrated his versatility in red-ball cricket and also has excellent white-ball skills, as demonstrated through his form as T20 progressed. We look forward to Harry continuing his development with us."

Dearden made his first-class debut as a teenager two years ago and although he has spent time on the sidelines due to injury, he hit an unbeaten half-century to guide the Foxes to an impressive victory at Kent in July.

"I'm really pleased to sign for another season with the Foxes, it was a testing time after picking up the injury towards the end of last year, and I'm delighted to be back playing regularly again," Dearden said.

"I've learnt a lot from Nico, John Sadler and Tom Smith, and I'm ready for a lot of hard work over the winter to prepare for the 2019 season."

Meanwhile, England are 2.87 to win the 2019 World Cup, while Pakistan are 67.00 to claim the title.

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