The highly experienced batsman Dan Lawrence has signed a contract extension that will see him remain at Essex until the end of the 2019 season.

The Cricket Writers’ Club recently named Lawrence as Young Cricketer of the Year after he amassed 761 runs at an average of 44.76 to help Essex win the Specsavers County Championship Division One over the summer.

The player, who is just 20 years old, is in the England Lions squad for the tour to Australia this winter and he has been tipped for future senior selection.

Talking to Essex’s official website Lawrence said, “For my first taste of Division One cricket, I thought I had a good season and to play a part in winning a first title in 25 years was incredible. To win the championship with your close friends and guys you have grown up playing with is special, now we must work hard to replicate that success next year.”

He said that receiving a call up to the England Lions for the trip to Australia is the “cap” on a “whirlwind” of a year and expressed hopes that next year will prove to be just as good, if not better, and that he will be able to carry on and “score loads of runs in the club’s success.”

Chris Silverwood, the Essex head coach, called Lawrence an ‘integral’ part of what the team is aiming to achieve and praised him for going “from strength to strength” ever since he moved into the first-team environment.

He called him an “inspiration” to the younger players and said the is “delighted” that Lawrence has been selected for the England Lions as it will help to “further develop him, both as a player and a man.”