England captain Cook signs Essex extension

England captain Alastair Cook has signed a one-year extension to his Essex contract, keeping him with the County Championship side until 2018.

The 31-year-old, who played seven matches in Essex's Division Two title triumph, averaged 91.86 to underline his value to the club.

Having come through Essex's academy set-up, Cook said he had no hesitation in extending his stay.

"It was an easy decision to sign with the club for another year," he told the club's official website.

"Although I am away with England a lot, this club means a lot to me and I am grateful for the opportunity they gave me as a youngster.

"I love coming back to the club when I can and contributing to a title-winning season meant a great deal."

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