Gary Ballance extends stay at Yorkshire by two years
Garry Ballance has been with Yorkshire since 2008. (Getty Image)

Gary Ballance has decided to renew his contract with Yorkshire and signed a two-year extension with the club. Ballance has been with the club since 2008 and has expressed his desire to finish his career with Yorkshire with his deal running till the end of 2021 season. (READ: Morne Morkel signs new deal with Surrey)

“I’ve been here for 11 years now and my aim is to finish my career here,” said Ballance. “I’m looking forward to the next few years. The challenge has become a slightly different one, but there are so many good players, talented guys who have performed well over the last few years. They are now ready to take the next step and I’m excited by the direction the club is heading. Hopefully it should be a good few years.”

Over the years, Ballance has become an integral part of Yorkshire, which even paved the way for his debut for England in 2014. Ballance has scored over 10000 First-Class runs at an average in excess of 47 and took his game to another level in the last season, where his 906 runs in the County Championship helped Yorkshire finish fourth and remain in the Division One of the Country Championship.

“When you play continuously for so long you can get a bit stale,” explained Ballance. “For me it was good to get away and refresh the mind. I’ve had some time off, but it has been a busy few years for me. I’ve enjoyed the down time, feel really refreshed and I’m ready to go.

“I have come back really looking forward to the new season and we’ve still got a few weeks until we get started. Hopefully I can use that time to make sure I’m as prepared as I can be for that first game and I can focus solely on contributing towards winning games of cricket for Yorkshire.”

Ballance had scores of 104, 5, 85, 30, 11, 194 and 60 in his last few F/C innings and is keen on replicating the success in the fresh season that lies ahead. Yorkshire won the County Championship back-t-back years in 2014 and 2015, and Ballance is fiercely dedicated in ensuring a repeat unfolds.

“As a group we just want to compete across all three formats,” said Ballance. “We’ve done so well in the 50-over competition over the last few years and we’ve always got through to the knockout stages. Maybe we could go a bit further there. But if we can compete and the guys keep improving, we’ll give ourselves a chance.”