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Murray Goodwin

One of the most consistent batsmen in the recent history of the county game, Goodwin’s impact at Sussex can hardly be underestimated.

After retiring from international duty with Zimbabwe in 2000, having averaged 43 in 19 Tests, the diminutive right-hander moved to Hove the following year, initially as a short-term replacement for Michael Bevan.

In striking 1,654 first-class runs in his first season, including seven centuries, he not only secured a prolonged stay with Sussex, but also set the scene for more than a decade of prolific run-scoring in England’s domestic competitions.

In addition to averaging over 50 in eight of 11 first-class seasons, Goodwin has played a key role in bringing unprecedented success to the south coast.

During his time at the club, Sussex have won the County Championship on three occasions, in addition to two Pro40 crowns, the C&G Trophy in 2006 and the Twenty20 Cup three years later.

Among Goodwin’s greatest strengths are a fierce desire to give his best and a rock-solid technique that has allowed him to churn out runs with notable frequency.

Destructive on occasions and particularly strong off the back foot, he had scored 60 centuries in all forms for Sussex by the end of the 2011 season.

His most sizeable contribution came at Taunton in 2009, when he compiled a sensational unbeaten 344 against Somerset.

That was his solitary three-figure score in an otherwise disappointing four-day season, yet any thoughts that his powers may be on the wane were emphatically dispelled as Goodwin averaged 52 and 53 respectively in the next two campaigns.

Following a modest 2012 season, he was released and joined Glamorgan. However, the modern-day Sussex great is sure to be remembered fondly by all at Hove.