England wicketkeeper-batsman Steve Davies has signed a contract extension with Somerset County Cricket Club, a deal which will see him remain in the West Country until at least the end of the 2022 season.

“My time at Somerset so far has been extremely special and I’m really pleased to have extended my stay. The last few years have shown that we could really be on the threshold of something very special and I can’t wait to play a part in that,” said Davies in a statement.

“We have a great squad of players and everyone is pushing to get better every day. The atmosphere in the camp is outstanding and hopefully we can push on to even bigger things in the next few years,” he added.

Davies, who developed his skills as a youngster at Victoria Carpets CC in Kidderminster, first arrived at Somerset on a three-year deal from Surrey in time for the 2017 campaign. Since then he has cemented his place in the team, scoring over 3,300 runs and being involved in nearly 200 dismissals for the club.

The left hander, who has featured in eight ODIs and five T20Is for England, was awarded his Somerset county cap in 2017.

“Steve has been the consummate professional since joining us and he has been exceptional in every respect. His high skill levels and calm assured approach both with the gloves and the bat have been very important factors for us in the last few years and we’re really pleased that he has extended,” said Somerset head coach Jason Kerr.

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