England batsman Joe Root signs contract extension with Yorkshire

Joe Root celebrates his century on day two of the third Test between South Africa and England on January 15, 2016
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England batsman Joe Root signs a contract extension until 2019 with Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

England batsman Joe Root has signed a contract extension with Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

The world's number two Test batsman has committed himself to Headingley until December 2019.

Root will play his final County game for Yorkshire on Sunday against Surrey before joining the England squad for their first Test against Sri Lanka, which begins on May 19.

"I'm delighted to be committing my future to Yorkshire," Root told club's website. "Even though I don't play as much as I would like for Yorkshire these days due to my international commitments, I still get a huge buzz wearing the white rose on my cap and representing my county. I couldn't see myself playing cricket for any other county.

"Yorkshire have given me a great education and foundation as a cricketer and without the support of the players and coaches at Headingley I wouldn't be in the position I'm in today with England.

"The club have a huge summer ahead looking to be crowned County Champions for a third successive year and I wish the lads every success in the world in trying to achieve their dreams. It would be a monumental effort."

Root joined Yorkshire in 2009.

Joe Root consoles Ben Stokes after the World Twenty20 final between England and the West Indies at Eden Gardens on April 3, 2016
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