ALEX Milton is determined to repay Worcestershire's faith after signing a new three-year contract.

The former Malvern College pupil, who had one year left on his previous deal, has committed to the New Road outfit until the end of the 2021 campaign.

The 22-year-old was a regular in the County Championship during the second half of the season.

He scored his maiden first-class century on his league debut against Somerset in late July and then remained in the red-ball team for the final six matches.

Milton kept wicket when Ben Cox was injured and again versus Surrey.

He is now available on a full-time basis after completing his degree at Cardiff MCCU whom he also skippered this summer.

He said: “It’s a great feeling knowing that I’m going to be at Worcestershire for the next three years.

“Now they’ve given me that opportunity, I’m going to do everything I can to succeed for Worcestershire, to really repay them.

“I knew I had one year left and was really focusing on doing whatever I could next year to hopefully get another contract.

“When this came about I was a little surprised but also very thankful.

“It just gives me that little bit more security but also the chance to perform better for Worcestershire which I feel I will do with that security.

“It’s just been a really good period, making my way into the first team for the last half of the season and being part of the squad in the T20 stuff as well.”

When scoring his century against Somerset, Milton and Steve Magoffin rewrote the record books with the highest last-wicket stand for Worcestershire of 136.

Milton became only the second Englishman to score a ton on his Championship debut for the county after George Fiddian-Green against Essex at New Road in 1931.