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Root earns central contract
Yorkshire and England batsman Joe Root has been awarded a central contract for 2013-14.
The 22-year-old played a key role in England's Ashes-winning summer and the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced that he joins 10 other players in being awarded deals up to the end of September 2014.
National selector Geoff Miller said: "Congratulations to Joe Root who is the one addition to the list of players awarded a central contract and this reflects the important role Joe has played for England since making his international debut last year and will I'm sure continue to play across all formats."
The other players to be awarded contracts are James Anderson, Ian Bell, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Steven Finn, Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior, Graeme Swann and Jonathan Trott.
The statement from the ECB also confirmed that negotiations had been concluded successfully on the arrangements for England contracts for a period lasting until October 2019, to include four Ashes series and five ICC global events.
ECB managing director Hugh Morris said: "We are delighted to have concluded a six-year deal and to have all contractual issues resolved in advance of what we all hope to be another successful Ashes tour.
"We thank the Professional Cricketers Association (PCA), Team England Player Partnership and the ECB Board for reaching this agreement which now allows the players to focus solely on cricket, not just during this tour, but for a considerable period beyond."
Angus Porter, PCA chief executive, added: "I am pleased that we have secured a fair and appropriate long-term agreement, and have done so via amicable and constructive dialogue."