England's Mark Stoneman extends contract with Surrey ahead of Ashes

Mark Stoneman who is likely to open the batting with Alastair Cook in the upcoming Ashes series with Australia signed an extension to his contract with English county Surrey on Saturday.

AFP, October 28, 2017

London: Mark Stoneman who is likely to open the batting with Alastair Cook in the upcoming Ashes series with Australia signed an extension to his contract with English county Surrey on Saturday.

The 30-year-old -- who scored over 1,000 runs in his first season with the club after joining from Durham -- played in England's last three Tests partnering former skipper Cook in what has become a problematic spot for the side.

File image of England's Mark Stoneman. Image courtesy Twitter @surreycricket

File image of England's Mark Stoneman. Image courtesy Twitter @surreycricket

Stoneman, whose top score in the three Test series with the Windies was 52, said he hoped to enjoy many more fruitful campaigns with Surrey.

"I am delighted to have extended my contract," Stoneman told the county's website.

"It is a fantastic place to play cricket and I have thoroughly enjoyed my first season with the club.

"I believe over the next few years I can be part of a successful period in Surrey CCC's history," added Stoneman who was unlucky to score an unbeaten 144 in the One-Day Cup final last term and end up on the losing side.

Surrey also persuaded three other England players to commit themselves with contract extensions including another of the 16-man Ashes squad uncapped wicketkeeper/batsman Ben Foakes.

The 24-year-old -- who averaged over 42 in the County Championship -- signed a contract that sees him out till 2020.

"I am grateful for this opportunity to extend my future at Surrey because I have enjoyed my first three years here greatly," he said.

England One Day specialists Jason Roy and Tom Curran -- who will hope to make it out to Australia for the Twenty-20's and the ODIs post Ashes -- were the other two to sign extensions.

Updated Date: Oct 28, 2017

T20 LEAGUE POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Hyderabad
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Kolkata
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4
Rajasthan
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5
Mumbai
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Bangalore
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Punjab
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3499 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5257 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Australia 3327 104
6 Pakistan 3279 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2990 130
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114