Ben Cox: Worcestershire wicketkeeper agrees new long-term deal at New Road

Ben Cox
Ben Cox has scored 3,344 runs and claimed 251 dismissals in all cricket for Worcestershire

Worcestershire wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Cox has signed a new four-year contract at New Road.

Academy-graduate Cox, 24, who had one year left on his existing deal, has now agreed to remain with his native county until at least 2020.

Cox is the 10th player to have signed a new long-term contract at Worcestershire in the last 10 months.

"I'm a Worcester boy through and through. To sign for another four years is brilliant," said Cox.

"I've been here since I was nine years old and never thought of leaving. I want to play my cricket here."

Cox famously made his debut for the club as a 17-year-old schoolboy in September 2009 against Somerset at Taunton.

He scored 61, as well as claiming the scalp of former England opener Marcus Trescothick as his first victim behind the stumps.

Cox's tally of 778 runs - including a maiden hundred and five half-centuries - was Worcestershire's second-highest as the county were relegated from Division One of the County Championship in 2015.

"To have somebody of his loyalty and passion to reward him with a long contract is exactly what we are all about," said Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes.

"He's a terrific cricketer now, as consistent a wicketkeeper in county cricket that I have seen and to do that at a young age is incredibly good.

"But also his match-winning experience and ability with the bat in the different formats has been excellent."