New Sussex captain Brown hails a special day

New Sussex skipper Ben Brown / Picture by PW Sporting Photography
New Sussex skipper Ben Brown / Picture by PW Sporting Photography

Ben Brown has been appointed Sussex club captain on a permanent basis - while Luke Wright will lead the side in the T20

Brown is the 52nd person to hold the position in the club’s 179-year history.and the 29-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman will captain Sussex in the Specsavers County Championship and Sussex Sharks in the Royal London One-Day Cup. Wright will lead the Sharks in the Vitality Blast T20 competition this season.

Brown said: “Everyone that knows me knows how passionate and proud I am to be a Sussex player, so to become club captain today is a special day for me and my family.

“I am hugely honoured to join the special names on the board of captains at this historic club and I will endeavour to do everything I can to move us forward both on and off the field.”

Head coach Jason Gillespie expressed his pleasure in bestowing the club captaincy on Brown and explained the decision to split on-field duties: “I’m absolutely delighted to give Ben Brown the club captaincy. Having now spent time around the squad, it’s clear he’s a real leader among this group of players and he was the outstanding candidate.

“On the pitch, I’m sure he’ll do a fantastic job of leading the side in the Championship and the one-day competition. I know Ben would have loved to have taken charge in all three competitions, but we need to make sure we manage his workload as best we can.

“As a batsmen and wicketkeeper and our club captain, Ben plays a number of massively-important roles in the squad and so it was felt that by asking Luke Wright to captain the T20 side this would make sure that Ben was not overloaded.

“We’re very lucky to have someone of Luke’s calibre to take the reins in the short-form. He has vast experience of the game all over the world, something that will be of tremendous value in leading the T20 side.”

Previous club captain Wright is looking forward to supporting Brown: “I’m really excited and proud to lead the boys in the T20 competition this season.

“There is a real sense of excitement working under our new coach and when I was asked by Jason I was delighted to accept. To get this opportunity to captain one of the most promising-looking Sussex T20 sides in years is fantastic. I can’t wait for the campaign to get under way in July.”