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Joe Root is ranked No. 2 in Tests © Getty Images

England’s talismanic young gun Joe Root signed a new deal with Yorkshire Country Cricket Club. Ranked No. 2 in Tests, Root will stay in Headlingley for the next three and a half years, that is, until 2019. England will lock horns with Sri Lanka in three Test matches starting May 19. Before the series starts, the 25-year-old will play his final County Championship contest against Surrey. Root made his debut for Surrey back in 2007 and donned the English jersey for the first time in 2012. In 39 matches he has played so far, he has plundered 3,406 runs at an impressive average of 54.93. Jill and Jane Powell: Yorkshire twins who played for England

“I’m delighted to be committing my future to Yorkshire. 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,” Root told ecb.co.uk.

“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,” he added. Darren Sammy tweets a picture with ‘Champion’ Joe Root

Martyn Moxon, Yorkshire director, is happy with Root’s commitment towards the club over the years. “He has made tremendous strides over the past few years on the international scene and is now up there amongst best players in the world. Even though we don’t see him representing Yorkshire that often, when he does play he brings experience, energy and skill to the side. We saw that only this week at Trent Bridge in our match against Notts. I hope he can sign off with us with a big performance against Surrey at Headingley on Sunday,” Moxon said about Root.

Root has managed to achieve so many incredible feats at such a young age, which is highly commendable. “He is maturing into a world-class player and I am sure he will continue to achieve everything he wants starting this summer for England against Sri Lanka and Pakistan. We’ll all be watching on hoping he and the other Yorkshire lads succeed,” he concluded.