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New Sussex deal for Yardy

Sussex all-rounder Michael Yardy has signed a new one-year extension to his contract which will keep him at the County Ground until the end of the 2015 season.

The 33-year-old, who has been awarded a testimonial year in 2014, has played 167 first-class matches for Sussex, scoring over 9,000 runs, and his 166 List A games have yielded over 3,000 runs and more than 100 wickets.

Yardy has also played 84 Twenty20 matches and has been a cornerstone of the Sussex side across all three formats.

"I'm really happy to have extended my contract with Sussex. It's really important that we keep progressing forward and challenging on all fronts," said Yardy who has featured for England 42 times in limited-overs games.

"My aim is to put in match winning performances to contribute towards that."

Sussex's Professional Cricket Manager Mark Robinson said: "Yards plays such an important role in our club, not only as a player but also as a custodian of the culture that is Sussex County Cricket Club.

"On both accounts we are delighted that we have him for a further two years. He is as hungry as ever and we are excited at the prospect of him helping us achieve future success."