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John Simpson appointed Sussex red-ball captain, Tymal Mills to guide in T20

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Sussex have named John Simpson as their captain for the beginning of the 2024 County Championship, with Tymal Mills set to take cost of the T20 Blast facet.
Each appointments are barely provisional in nature, with Simpson inked in for the primary seven video games of the Championship season with a purpose to get a really feel for the calls for of the job. And with the Blast set to coincide with the T20 World Cup within the Caribbean and USA – and Mills doubtlessly a part of England’s plans – Paul Farbrace, Sussex’s head coach, conceded they could must “reassess the scenario”. Neither participant has earlier expertise of captaincy.

Simpson, 35, joined Sussex from Middlesex over the winter and replaces India batter Cheteshwar Pujara, who is about to return as an abroad participant for the primary half of the Championship season.

“John goes to do the primary seven video games,” Farbrace stated, “and the explanation that we have gone with the primary seven video games solely – and it is as a lot his resolution as it’s ours – is he needs to ensure that he’s completely the best individual to be captain. He additionally needs to ensure that it permits him to be the participant that he needs to be, each as a keeper and a batter.

“There is a pure break after seven video games within the Championship, so that matches actually properly.”

Mills, 31, lately signed a brand new contract till the top of the 2026 season and steps up after the departure of Ravi Bopara. “Ty labored extraordinarily intently with Ravi final 12 months, he is filled with expertise,” Farbrace stated.

“There’s a probability that he might be chosen to play for England, if he’s, we are going to reassess that scenario. For now Ty’s going to tackle the T20 captaincy function.

“I feel they’re two wonderful decisions, they’re two folks that actually wish to do the job. They’re two folks with an unlimited quantity of expertise and information they usually’ve additionally bought a number of respect inside our membership, inside our dressing room, and other people actually wish to play for them.”

Farbrace additionally instructed that each gamers “being across the membership” through the low season would assist construct relationships with the squad and coaches. “I did not be a part of till the top of February final 12 months so we had a brief run-in to the beginning of the season, and maybe it was somewhat bit ‘That is how we do issues, let’s crack on with it’. Whereas now we have somewhat bit extra time, and we have had extra time for the reason that finish of the season, to be extra collaborative, extra open, much more planning and contain much more folks in discussions for the best way ahead.”

Farbrace added {that a} resolution on whether or not Tom Haines would proceed as captain within the One-Day Cup can be taken nearer to the beginning of the season, with the participant at the moment away on England Lions obligation.


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