Former Sussex batsman Murray Goodwin has been appointed as the club’s new batting coach for 2016.
The 43-year-old ex-Zimbabwe international, who retired in 2014 after a spell with Glamorgan, needs no introduction to Sussex supporters, having spent 12 seasons with the county as a player.
He was a key part of the Sussex team that won the County Championship in 2003, 2006, and 2007, the C&G Trophy in 2006, and the Pro40 in 2008 and 2009, along with the Twenty20 Cup – also in 2009 – to complete a full sweep.
He scored over 24,000 runs for Sussex in all formats, including nearly 14,500 first-class runs with 48 hundreds and an average approaching 50. He made two triple-centuries, as well as scoring the runs which won the county’s first Championship in 2003, and hit a six off the final ball of the match to secure the 2008 Pro40.
Goodwin, who was confirmed as a vice-president of Sussex Cricket in early 2015, said of his new appoitment: “I believe I can bring to a very talented squad some belief and options on playing certain situations in all forms of the game. I’m hoping to try and add a winning culture to this talented squad.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to come back to my second home. When I applied for the role I was always hopeful but to actually have been considered above the many applicants who applied is very humbling. I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of friends at this great club.”
Sussex head coach Mark Davis said: “I am thrilled to have Murray Goodwin joining us. His vast batting experience, gained from many years of first-class and international cricket all over the world, will be invaluable to Sussex Cricket. I am confident Murray’s relentless approach to batting and his technical expertise will be of great value throughout the Sussex Cricket pathway.
“He has a brilliant work ethic and a passion for teaching the game, which is a vital ingredient in any elite coach. I am sure he will be welcomed back by everyone at Sussex Cricket and I look forward to him becoming an integral part of our coaching team.”