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England quartet commit to Surrey

Mark Stoneman, Ben Foakes, Jason Roy and Tom Curran sign on at the Oval

CRICKET 28/10/17 13:31
England quartet commit to Surrey

Ashes hopefuls Mark Stoneman and Ben Foakes as well as England’s limited-overs players Jason Roy and Tom Curran have all signed contract extensions at Surrey.

Stoneman is likely to open the batting alongside Alastair Cook for England this winter while uncapped wicketkeeper-batsman Foakes is among the 16-man touring party that flies off to Australia on Saturday.

Big-hitting batsman Roy and seam bowler Curran could also be travelling Down Under this winter as part of the white-ball cricket that follows the Ashes, and the quartet have all committed to Surrey until at least the end of the 2020 season.

Stoneman spent a decade at Durham before making the move to London last year, marking his first season with Surrey by amassing 1,156 runs in the Specsavers County Championship and contributing 144 not out in a losing cause in the Royal London One-Day Cup final.

The left-hander, who has played in England’s last three Tests, told Surrey’s official website: “I am delighted to have extended my contract. It is a fantastic place to play cricket and I have thoroughly enjoyed my first season with the club. I believe over the next few years I can be part of a successful period in Surrey CCC’s history.”

Foakes bolstered his standing as one of the best glovemen on the county circuit this summer while his 680 runs at an average of 42.5 in the championship and 482 at 96.4 in the One-Day Cup convinced England to include him in the squad for the Test tour to Australia.

The 24-year-old former Essex player said: “I am thrilled to have signed an extension that sees me at the Kia Oval until 2020. I am grateful for this opportunity to extend my future at Surrey because I have enjoyed my first three years here greatly.”

Roy, a limited-overs regular for England who has played in 48 one-dayers and 23 Twenty20s, made key contributions across all formats for Surrey even though much of his last year has been focused on international commitments.

He said: “I am delighted to sign for a club that is so close to my heart. We now have a huge few years ahead and hopefully I can contribute to this great club winning some silverware.”

Academy graduate Curran, whose brother Sam is also a regular in the Surrey first team, made his international debut earlier this summer and has gone on to feature in one ODI and three T20s.

The paceman said: “I’m delighted to have signed a contract extension with Surrey. This is my home and where I want to be playing my cricket.”