Craig Kieswetter has given Somerset a double boost by agreeing a new contract and deciding not to make himself available for the Indian Premier League.
The 24-year-old England one-day wicketkeeper’s new agreement binds him to Somerset until the end of the 2014 season.
And his decision not to play in the IPL means he will be available to his county for the opening games of next season and the rest of the campaign when not on international duty.
Kieswetter said: “I’ve signed a two-year extension to the one year I had remaining on my contract. I have been at Somerset since I was 17 and I am delighted to extend my time here.
“I’ve been made so welcome by everybody since I first arrived. The club is very dear to my heart and this is my chance to give something back the people who have supported me.”
Somerset director of cricket Brian Rose added: “Craig is showing faith in Somerset, which is a great thing for us.
“I think it is a very intelligent decision not to go to the IPL and it will reinforce our side in April and May, which is a critical period for us.”
Slow starts in recent seasons have cost Somerset dear. They began last season as Championship favourites, but suffered heavy defeats in their opening two games against Warwickshire and eventual champions Lancashire.
Having Kieswetter available, however, will boost Somerset’s hopes of a better opening to the 2012 campaign.