Joyce and Nash given Sussex roles
Ed Joyce has been appointed Sussex’s club captain, with Chris Nash to act as deputy.
Joyce took the reins temporarily towards the end of this season after Michael Yardy relinquished control in the LV= County Championship and Clydesdale Bank 40.
Vice-skipper Nash will likely get opportunities to deputise given Joyce’s commitment to representing Ireland remains undiminished.
Joyce said: “It is a great honour and privilege for me to be given the chance to captain Sussex in 2013.
“I hugely enjoyed doing the job for the last few months of the 2012 season and, having gone close this year, I feel very strongly we can bring some silverware back next year.
“With Murray Goodwin moving on and Rory Hamilton-Brown re-signing, the team will be slightly in transition next year.
“But it should also be a very exciting time for the club with a younger side and perhaps some more opportunities for the younger members of the squad to show what they can do.
“I'm really looking forward to helping these guys develop, along with Chris Nash as vice-captain and Mark Robinson and the coaching team.
“We will all be working as hard as possible to try and bring as much success as Yards has had in his time as captain.”
Nash, meanwhile, is looking forward to helping Joyce in whatever way he can, saying: “Myself and Ed have formed a strong partnership over the last few years and I look forward to working with him to continue the success that Sussex has achieved on the field in the future.
“We will work together to continue the good work and strong foundations that Mike Yardy put in place over a very successful period as captain.”
Professional cricket manager Mark Robinson added: “We are delighted to announce as Ed as captain next year and Chris as vice-captain.
“Ed stepped in to Michael’s shoes seamlessly last season and formed a strong alliance with Nashy. They both bring a wealth of experience and knowledge and I am excited at working with them.”