Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Travis Head to lead Sussex in 2022 County Championship. Head has been in good form recently
Head has been in good form recently
Australian batsman Travis Head will return to Sussex next year as an overseas player for all three formats, the club announced on Thursday (November 4). Head has also been named as Sussex's captain for the 2022 County Championship.
The 27-year-old has been in great form off late scoring 271 runs in three Sheffield Shield games so far. He also hit 230 in the 50-over format last month for South Australia – the second highest List A score in Australia's history.
However, Head had a poor campaign for Sussex this year, scoring only 183 runs in 11 innings. He is hopeful of leading from the front in his second stint though. “I can't wait to come back to Hove,” Head said. “There was a great environment last summer and I loved being part of Sussex. There's unfinished business for me and the squad as a whole, so I was very eager to come back, compete hard and perform well. I'm over the moon to be getting the opportunity to do that.
“I'm equally pleased to be captaining the Championship side and I want to lead from the front as we continue the journey to bring success back to the club. I built some really good relationships with the players and coaches last summer and that will set things up nicely for this new challenge. There's some fine leaders at the club and I'll be leaning on them as much as possible as we all work really hard to succeed as a group.”
Sussex, who will be in Division Two next year, were led by wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Brown initially in 2021 before being replaced by Tom Haines midway through the season. Ian Salisbury, Sussex's head coach in the Championship and the one-day format, revealed that it was the right choice to appoint Head as the skipper for the new season.
“Travis was incredible in the way he conducted himself last year, whether in the dressing room or on the field,” he said. “He's exactly the kind of person we want in our environment and around our youngsters. He is of course a supremely skilled cricketer as well.
“Travis himself has been very honest about how he struggled after missing the start of last season – it takes even the very best a bit of time to adjust to English conditions – but he worked really hard and by the end of his stay we started to see what he can offer.”