Dexter extends Grace Road stay

04 October 2018 21:40:30 GMTPlus11

Veteran former Kent and Middlesex all-rounder Neil Dexter has signed for another season with Leicestershire.

Dexter, 34, first played as a Kolpak signing for Kent in the 2005 season.

He later joined Middlesex before switching to Grace Road ahead of the 2016 campaign, since when he has scored 1,843 first-class runs at an average of 32.91, including four centuries, and taking 61 wickets at 29.08 apiece.

In 2018, he showed his adaptability by answering head coach Paul Nixon's request to open the batting in Twenty20 with 296 runs with an impressive strike rate of 137.03.

"We've made great strides forward under Nico and the coaches and it's exciting to be a part of the future here. We want to continue the progress made in red-ball cricket and also have success in the white-ball competitions," Dexter said.

Nixon added: "Dex has shown his quality in all formats of the game. He played nicely in the middle order in first-class cricket and took on a new role at the top of the order of Blast.

"He is a calming influence at the crease, a good bowler who has shown that he can adapt to different roles, and a fine fielder. It's great that Neil has signed an extension to his contract and will be with us next season."

Leics have lost two other key all-rounders in Ben Raine (Durham) and Zak Chappell (Nottinghamshire) in recent weeks.

Meanwhile, England are 3.50 to win the 2019 World Cup on home soil and are available at 6.00 to triumph in the 2020 ICC World Twenty20.

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