Ward moved to Sussex for the start of the 2004 season after enjoying great success in his second spell at Surrey, where he earned an England place, and spent two years on the south coast before retiring at the end of the 2005 campaign.
He had initially been released by Surrey aged 18 but returned in 1996.
Ward toured Bangladesh and New Zealand with England A in 1999-2000 and the West Indies the following winter, where he impressed enough to earn a place in the senior side the following summer against Pakistan and Australia. He featured in five Tests and top-scored with 39 batting in the middle order.
An excellent season in 2002, which included four consecutive centuries, saw him as the leading run-scorer in first class cricket that year as he led Surrey to yet another county championship title.
His departure from The Oval was Sussex's gain as he continued his good form into 2004. He was out with injuries for much of the 2005 campaign, however, and announced his retirement to focus on his role as a commentator and summariser for Sky Sports.