Nottinghamshire’s Chris Read has signed a new contract with the club which will extend his stay at Trent Bridge until the end of the 2016 season, reports the BBC.
The 36-year-old has enjoyed a fantastic career at Nottinghamshire since joining the club in 1998. He has been club captain since the 2008 season, when he took over the role from New Zealander Stephen Fleming, and has led his side to the County Championship title during his time at the helm.
"At this stage in my career I do take it year by year," Read said in the same report.
"But I'd like to play on for the next two seasons as a bare minimum."
Last season Read scored 877 runs at an average of over 43 in the Championship as he led his side to a respectable fourth place finish. He also took 54 catches behind the stumps.
The diminutive wicket-keeper has long been considered the best wicketkeeper in the country by many onlookers, especially the Nottinghamshire members. However, he has constantly been overlooked by the England selectors as they decided to look at wicketkeepers who are considered better batsmen than Read, such as Geraint Jones, Matt Prior and Paul Nixon.
There can be no argument over Read’s keeping abilities but England’ s clear policy on selecting batsmen/keepers has restricted his appearances for his country. This policy has often confused many in the game.
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Read has played 15 Test matches and 36 One-Day Internationals for his country taking 97 dismissals in all. He remains the only wicket-keeper to have taken six dismissals in consecutive Test matches when he achieved the feat in Australia in 2006-07. However, with the bat Read could only muster one half-century during his career, 55 against Pakistan in 2006, and averaged under 20 in both formats of the game. Ultimately this was his downfall in the selectors eyes.
Hopefully Read’s career will not be remembered for being the nearly man of English cricket. He has achieved so much more and deserves huge respect for his achievements.
For Read and Nottinghamshire I can see their long association continuing beyond Read’s playing days. It could be that Read becomes one of the coaching staff at a club he knows so well and has had a lot of success with. It would be a good move on all parts.
Could Read eventually replace Mike Newell as Director of Cricket at Trent Bridge? I am sure he would be a popular choice.
Read though is clearly looking at life beyond his playing days as he is currently working towards a level four ECB coaching qualification and has established his own coaching academy as well as having a consultancy role with the United Arab Emirates national side.
With his England career now seemingly at an end Read is concentrating on guiding Notts to further glory in all formats of the game. If his fitness, form and appetite is maintained there is no reason why Read will not extend his contract beyond 2016.
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