Sussex have announced that Zimbabwe-born batsman Murray Goodwin will not be returning to the club for the 2013 season. Goodwin has endured a disappointing 2012 season, with a return of just 267 runs from 13 matches at an average of 13.35 in the Championship. He has fared better in one-day cricket and averaged almost 33 in the Friends Life t20.
However, it is for his past glories that he will be best remembered. He was part of Sussex’s Championship winnings sides in 2003, 2006 and 2007 and also won one-day trophies with the club in 2006, 2008 and twice in 2009. He provided solidity and style to their middle-order and became a respected member of the dressing room ever since joining them in 2001 following the end of his international career.
Sussex’s coach Mark Robinson paid tribute to the 39 year-old, saying, “Murray is arguably the best ever batsman Sussex have had and he will be greatly missed and not only on the pitch, but in the dressing room as well by all those he has helped and supported in his time at the club. I would like to thank Murray for the help he has given me, and the great service he has given to this club, and wish him, Tarsh, Jaydon and Ashton (his family) all the very best for the future.”
Murray Goodwin himself added, “It deeply saddens me that I have to leave Sussex at the end of the season. I have thoroughly enjoyed my 12 years at Sussex; my family have loved every year here, and we feel so privileged to have been associated with this wonderful club. Our boys have spent half their childhoods here and we feel they have been exposed to the very best of British life, in all its capacities.”
A statement from the club summed up his career highlights as thus: “With two triple centuries, as well as scoring the runs which won the county’s first Championship in 2003, and hitting a six off the final ball of the match to secure the 2008 Pro40, there have been many individual highlights to the career, though first and foremost, Murray has been a great team man, and a fierce competitor.”
Across all formats for Sussex, Goodwin hit more than 24,000 runs and averaged almost 50 in first-class cricket, with more than 14,000 runs and 48 centuries.
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