Kent’s Daniel Bell-Drummond signs new long-term deal

Kent batsman Daniel Bell-Drummond has committed the next three years of his career to the county he has played for since the age of 7.

The contract extension renews the club’s faith in the top-order batsman who continue to struggle in first-class cricket this year, averaging 19.82 in the Division Two side’s promotion campaign.

The 25-year-old’s form in white-ball cricket has been a shining light for Kent, however, averaging an impressive 41.51 in his List A career.

Speaking about his contract extension, the right-hander said: “It’s a great time to be a Kent Cricketer at the moment.

“Our strong performances this season across all three formats show that we have a squad that can achieve great things. I’m delighted to commit to Kent Cricket for three more seasons as we collectively make big strides forward on and off the field.”

Director of Cricket, Paul Downton, said: “I am delighted ‘DBD’ has committed himself to Kent Cricket for the foreseeable future. We are in the process of building a squad that will compete in all formats and Daniel is an integral part of our plans.

“He has had an outstanding white ball season, and I’m also confident he can thrive in Division One of the County Championship next season and regain the form that led him to England Lions selection a couple of years ago.”

With attention turning towards next season after the release of the 2019 season fixtures by the ECB, Bell-Drummond will be aiming to notch his first hundred in the County Championship since 2016 while cementing his credentials as one of the country’s best batsman in limited overs.

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