New deals for Ian and Tye
IAN Cockbain will stay at Gloucestershire until the end of the 2019 season after signing a new three-year contract with the county.
Cockbain, 29, made just four County Championship appearances last season having been briefly appointed county captain in 2015 when Geraint Jones stood down.
The batsman broke his wrist but recovered to make 499 runs in the 2016 T20 Blast and ending the season as the third highest run-scorer, though he struggled in the One-Day Cup with 119 in seven matches.
Gloucestershire head coach Richard Dawson said: “It’s great to have Ian committing to the club. He’s been a massive part of the One-Day and T20 side in recent times and we look forward to him contributing in all formats over the next few seasons.”
Cockbain made his firstclass debut for Gloucestershire in April 2011, after three seasons on the MCC Young Cricketers’ programme at Lord’s.
Gloucestershire have also been busy by re-signing Australia seam bowler Andrew Tye for the 2017 T20 Blast competition.
Tye took 18 wickets for the county in 14 T20 matches with the club last season.
The 30-year-old has three T20I caps for his country, with his last international appearance coming in a defeat by South Africa in March. He has played for Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League for the past two seasons.
Tye said:“I’m looking forward to contributing again and hopefully we can build on last season and go all the way to win the trophy in 2017.”