Yardy hands Sussex reins to Joyce
Michael Yardy has opted to step down as Sussex’s captain, although he will still lead the team at Friends Life t20 finals day.
The popular all-rounder, who boasts 42 caps for England in limited-overs cricket, will be replaced by Ed Joyce in four-day and 40-over cricket.
Yardy took over as Sussex skipper in 2009 and has led the county to three trophies and a Lord’s final.
Explaining his decision to hand over the reins, Yardy said: “I have decided to step down as captain in order to concentrate on my own game.
“There are many things I still wish to achieve as a player, which will also hopefully help contribute to the team winning more silverware.
“I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone for all the effort they have put in over my time as captain and I look forward to leading the team at t20 finals day.”
Sussex’s professional cricket manager, Mark Robinson, paid tribute to Yardy’s contribution as leader of the team.
“Michael has been an incredibly dedicated captain who has worked tirelessly and selflessly for the good of the club,” said Robinson.
“I know he is still incredibly ambitious both for the club and himself and we wish him all the best in fulfilling those goals.
“Ed Joyce will now take over the captaincy duties until the end of the season with the same responsibilities as Michael had, including the final say on selection.”