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Sussex confirm Ben Brown and Ross Taylor as captains

Ross Taylor will lead Sussex in Natwest T20 Blast
Ross Taylor will lead Sussex in Natwest T20 Blast

Sussex have announced former England Under-19 batsman Ben Brown as the captain for the remainder of the County Championship season.

The wicket-keeper batsman made his first-class and List A debut with Sussex in 2007 and in 2015, Brown became one of the two batsmen from the club to cross 1,000 runs in the county season.

The 28-year-old will replace Luke Wright as the captain after previous leading the team in the all-rounder's absence due to injury.

Describing it as a "proud moment", Brown is looking forward to the challenge ahead.

“For someone who has been associated with Sussex for so long being appointed as captain is a very proud moment for me.

“I enjoyed the challenge of captaining the side last season but I feel in the last 12 months that the team has grown with a good core of senior players. Of course, I have my own ideas about how I want to lead the side but I also know there are some very solid cricketers in our dressing room who can give me support and advice if I need it.

“It’s an exciting time. We have eight Championship games left but we go into Monday’s match against Gloucestershire with some real momentum. If we keep playing as we have in recent weeks the table will take care of itself and we can challenge for promotion.”

Meanwhile, head coach Mark Davis lavished praise on Brown and is confident of the other senior members in the squad supporting him.

As our vice-captain and a key senior member of the team we’re delighted Ben has agreed to take over as skipper. He learned a lot last season when he led the side when Luke Wright was injured and he will be a better captain for that experience.

“He will do the job for the rest of the season when the cricket management team will review the situation. We have no plans to appoint a vice-captain because we feel there is already a good group of senior players in our squad who can support Ben.

“I’m sure everyone involved in Sussex cricket will get behind Ben for the remaining eight Championship games, starting on Monday against Gloucestershire. He’s been a popular member of the Sussex family for many years and we’re sure this is a challenge he will absolutely relish.

“I’d also like to say a big thank-you to Chris Nash who led us to victories in his two games in charge against Worcestershire and Leicestershire.

"I’m looking forward to Nashy making a big contribution in the rest of the season as a senior player and a key batsman in the side.”

Sussex are currently fifth in the Championship table after winning and losing three games apiece in their six appearances thus far.

Veteran New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor will lead the Sussex Sharks in the Natwest T20 Blast this year that begins with a clash against Glamorgan on 9th July.

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