David Masters, the country’s leading wicket-taker in 2011, has put pen to paper on an extended three-year deal that will keep him at Essex until the end of the 2014 season.
He finished last summer with 93 first-class victims, testimony to his nagging accuracy and persistence together with an insatiable appetite for hard graft.
“I enjoy myself at Essex, I enjoy the company of the lads and working with the coaching staff and I enjoy playing at Chelmsford,” said Masters. “I’m comfortable in my career at the moment and if you are happy – which I am – and things are going well for you, then it’s a nice place to be.”
Now 33, the former Kent and Leicestershire seamer also believes he can be an influential help towards the advance of the club’s exciting fast bowling prospects.
“There are a crop of good, young cricketers coming through at Essex,” he added. “Players like Reece Topley, Tymal Mills and Maurice Chambers are all promising talents and I am looking forward to helping them progress and being part of an attack that I believe can help win us silverware in the next few years.”
Masters, an honest professional who loves the game, now holds no grand ideas of playing on the international stage. “Of course I would have loved the chance to play international cricket and maybe If I’d achieved what I did this season say five years ago, when England were struggling for bowlers in their set-up, then I might have had a chance. It’s often down to timing, to be honest.
“But England have got it exactly right at the moment and they currently have a very good nucleus of talented bowlers at their disposal. It’s not only those that are in the Test squad, they’ve got three or four others waiting their chance.
“So I’m happy enough doing something I love and that’s playing county cricket for Essex.”