Keith Barker: Hampshire all-rounder extends contract with county

Keith Barker
Keith Barker left Warwickshire for Hampshire after nine years with the Bears

Hampshire all-rounder Keith Barker has extended his contract with the county.

Barker, 33, moved on a two-year deal to the Ageas Bowl from Warwickshire last season but his new deal is undisclosed.

He took 37 wickets at 26.59 in County Championship Division One and also chipped in with 357 runs in 18 innings during the 2019 campaign.

"He's fitted in really well and become a real key cog in our bowling attack as a left-armer," director of cricket Giles White told BBC Radio Solent.

Barker, a former professional footballer with Blackburn Rovers and Rochdale, packed in the game to concentrate on cricket in 2009, after which he took 357 first-class wickets in his nine seasons with Warwickshire.

"He fits in well with the team and been a consistent, senior figure in the dressing room," said White. "We couldn't be happier with the way he's settled in here."

Hampshire finished third in County Championship Division One last season and have signed Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon as their overseas player for 2020.

White said there are currently no plans to make further additions to their senior squad before next season.

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