Buttler lands three-year deal

Jos Buttler has signed a new Somerset contract tying him to the club until the end of the 2013 season.

The 20-year-old established himself this summer as one of the top young batting prospects in the country, scoring his maiden first-class century against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl and producing a series of stunning one-day innings.

His first team chance came as deputy wicketkeeper while Craig Kieswetter was away with the England Twenty20 World Cup squad – and he seized it so successfully that he became a regular as a specialist batsman when Kieswetter returned.

Local product Buttler, from Wedmore, was awarded his initial professional contract after graduating through Somerset’s Academy in July 2009.

He said: “I am very pleased to have signed a new contract. I had a fantastic season in 2010, which far exceeded my expectations, so to be able to commit to another three years at Somerset is brilliant.

“I was a bit more comfortable playing one-day cricket this season, and during the winter I will be looking to develop my Championship game so that next year I will be strong in all formats.”

Buttler is off to play for England in the Hong Kong Sixes over the weekend of November 6 and 7, where he will join up with Somerset team-mate Pete Trego.

Somerset director of cricket Brian Rose said: “Jos has made a great impact in one-day cricket and his success has been highly publicised.

“Some of the innings he has played have been quite outstanding for someone of his age. He reminds me of a young Ian Botham, demonstrating such talent at that level straight away.”

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