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Lewis and Taylor agree Glos deals

Jon Lewis
Lewis stood down as Gloucestershire captain last November

Seamer Jon Lewis hopes to see out his career at Gloucestershire after signing a two-year contract extension.

Lewis, 33, who has played in one Test and 13 one-day internationals for England, joined the county in 1995.

"It's somewhere I've always played and a place that I love playing," the 33-year-old told BBC Radio Bristol.

Batsman and fielding coach Chris Taylor, 32, also agreed terms on a new deal that will also see him stay with the county until 2011 campaign.

Taylor made his Gloucestershire debut in 2000 and has scored 6,436 runs at an average of 34.6.

Lewis resigned the captaincy at the end of last season but denies he found the role a burden and describes himself as feeling "in good shape" ahead of the new campaign.

And Lewis, who has taken 621 first-class wickets at an average of 26.86, is relishing teaming up with new director of cricket John Bracewell, who returns for a second stint in charge at Nevil Road.

The New Zealander was at the helm for five years until 2003, a period during which the county won seven titles.

"I'm extremely excited to be working with John again, the club had some great times with him in the past and hopefully we can reproduce those times in the future," added Lewis.

"I see my role as a senior player in the side very much as helping John and Alex Gidman, the new captain, with the way they want to move the team forward this year.

"I've had opportunities to move away in the past and turned those down.

"Sometimes people say you should go and challenge yourself elsewhere, but I think it's a harder challenge to stay where you are and make sure you keep improving, but that's something I feel I've done throughout my career."

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Chief executive Tom Richardson said: "Jon and Chris have been key players for us over a number of years and we look forward to that continuing.

"We are committed to keeping our best players and building around them for future success. This is a major step towards those aims."



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