Hain handed Edgbaston extension

01 March 2018 02:04:56 EST

England Lions batsman Sam Hain has signed a contract extension with Warwickshire until the end of the 2021 season.

The previous deal for Hain, 22, was due to expire at the end of this coming summer, but he has now extended that by a further three years to play for the Bears across all three formats.

Of the influential one-day player - a Royal London Cup winner in 2016 and Twenty20 Blast runner-up in 2017 - Ashley Giles, sport director at Edgbaston, said: "Sam is a tremendously talented batsman and one of the most exciting young prospects in the county game, who has demonstrated that he can play big innings in the most pressurised situations.

"He's enjoyed a lot of success in white ball cricket over the last two seasons, helping the team win the one-day cup at Lord's and coming so close to getting us home in last season's Blast final.

"However, he now needs to take this into Championship cricket and build on the seven centuries that he scored in the early part of his career.

"Despite a difficult season last year, he has shown good character and worked hard over the winter months. We're thrilled that he will continue to be a Bear as we rebuild a squad to challenge across all formats."

Hain has travelled to the Caribbean this week to play in the Lions' 50-over series versus West Indies and will stay on for the North-South series in Barbados.

Meanwhile, England are 5/2 to win the 2019 World Cup on home soil, while they can be backed at 5/1 to triumph at the 2020 World Twenty20.

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