Dearden commits to Foxes

08 October 2018 06:54:30 EST

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 11/4 to win the 2019 World Cup, while Pakistan are 9/1 to claim the title.

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