Jos Buttler signs three-year Lancashire contract extension

Jos Buttler recognised ‘the privilege to represent the Red Rose’ after signing a new three-year deal with Lancashire County Cricket Club.

Before moving to Emirates Old Trafford in 2013, the destructive opening batter made his name at Somerset.

The 32-year-old then propelled himself to the highest stage by helping Lancashire Lightning win their first T20 Blast trophy in 2015.

Buttler, now tied to the club until 2025, said: “Whilst I have not had the opportunity to come back as much as I would have liked in recent seasons, it is always a privilege to represent the Red Rose.

“I will always look to help the club wherever I can and hopefully there are plenty of opportunities for me to be able to do so during the next three seasons.”

Scheduling has been a topic of concern for various high-profile players, with England Test captain Ben Stokes having recently retired from ODI cricket due to the intense demand.

This is something that Lancashire understand, as the club’s Director of Cricket Performance, Mark Chilton, said: “We are well aware of the limitations within the schedule for a cricketer in demand such as Jos.”

He added: “As England men’s white ball captain and a World Cup winner, the value of the experience that Jos, when available, can import into our dressing room cannot be underestimated.

“Jos is one of the most feared white ball batters in world cricket and to have the option to include him in our side, when the schedules allow, is something which can only make us stronger and benefit our younger players to learn from such an elite performer.”

The contract extension has come on the eve of England’s T20 World Cup campaign in Australia, where the white-ball captain will be hoping to recreate the heights that his predecessor Eoin Morgan achieved in 2019’s ODI competition.

Since taking control of the national team, Buttler has continued to impress with a successful tour of Pakistan and vital knocks in warm-up games against Australia – but the biggest challenge is still to come.

England’s opening game against Afghanistan comes on October 22, before ties against both New Zealand and Aaron Finch’s home side.

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