The son of The Times cricket correspondent and Test Match Special commentator Christopher, cricket is in the all-rounder's blood.
He has played for Sussex since 1995 and has been ever-present in their line-up in recent years.
His maiden first-class century also helped secured the victory against Gloucestershire which saw Sussex clinch the Division Two title in 2001.
He is a tall man, whose medium-pace seam can deceive batsmen into playing false shots. His batting in the middle-order was vital in Sussex's championship-winning season of 2003.
2005 saw him score 586 first-class runs and take 20 wickets, contributions which helped Sussex to come third in the County Championship.
His 14 wickets in the totesport league were also vital in ensuring Sussex claimed the top spot and were promoted into Division One.
In 2007, he scored 428 runs, including a best score of 99, and took 30 wickets as Sussex gained their second successive championship title. He also took 13 wickets in the Friends Provident Trophy.
He was awarded a benefit season for 2008 and celebrated with 552 runs and 31 wickets in the championship.