Woakes leads trio of Bears to sign new deals at Edgbaston

Chris Woakes, Tim Ambrose and Chris Wright have all signed contract extensions to prolong their stays at Warwickshire County Cricket Club

Woakes leads trio of Bears to sign new deals at Edgbaston
Chris Woakes has extended his contract with Warwickshire until 2019 (image via: skysports)

Warwickshire County Cricket Club announced on Friday that three players have extended their contracts with the club. 

Chris Woakes will remain at Edgbaston until 2019, whilst Tim Ambrose and Chris Wright have each prolonged their stays at the club until the end of the 2018 season. 

The trio were a major part of the side which won the County Championship title back in 2012, as well as leading the club to a runners-up spot behind runaway winners Yorkshire last season. 

Chris Wright has singed on at the Edgbaston club until 2018 (image via: birminghammail.co.uk)

Woakes extends stay with childhood club

England all-rounder Chris Woakes is the biggest name to have extended his deal with the club. The 27-year-old who was born in Birmingham looks set to remain with his local side during the prime of his career after signing on for three more years. 

Woakes, who has played 57 times for his country across all formats, has been with Warwickshire for over a decade after coming up through the youth ranks. He remains one of the best all-rounders on the county circuit, and the club's director of cricket Dougie Brown admitted that they are 'fortunate to have him leading the (bowling) attack.'

Unfortunately, injury has curtailed Woakes' career over the past few seasons, and he only managed to play in three of Warwickshire's 16 four-day matches last season. He did however manage to collect 11 wickets at an average of 19 in those three matches, and has already shown his prowess with the bat this season, striking 66 in the season opener against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl

Wright and Ambrose remain with Bears until 2018

Two more members of the Warwickshire squad will also remain in Birmingham for the next two seasons, after Chris Wright and Tim Ambrose extended their contracts with the club until 2018.

Fast bowler Wright, has been a big part of the bowling attack since joining from Essex back in 2011, originally on a loan deal. He took 31 wickets in 11 first-class matches last season, whilst also adding 300 runs, proving his importance to the side.

Wicketkeeper Ambrose is now in his 11th season with the club, having joined from Sussex back in 2005 after finding himself short of chances at his former-club due to the presence of Matt Prior

He is currently in his beneficiary season with the club and is coming off the back of a season which saw him score 651 runs in the middle-order for the Bears. 

Brown said that Ambrose is an 'outstanding and vastly experienced wicketkeeper', hence the reason he will remain with Warwickshire, whilst Wright is a 'key member of the bowling attack' going forward.

Warwickshire continue their County Championship season with a visit to Lord's to face Middlesex, which begins on Sunday.