We should probably declare our allegiance here and state that at The Reverse Sweep we are dyed in the wool supporters of the county of our birth. After the shock of relegation in 2009, Sussex are now back where they belong, but how will they fare in their first season back in the top flight?
The batting looks strong with the likes of Yardy (subject to a quick recovery from the problems that caused him to leave the World Cup early), Ed Joyce, Chris Nash and the evergreen Murray Goodwin. Monty Panesar was successfully rehabilitated ay Hove in 2010 and with the talented Olly Rayner and Will Beer also on the books, Sussex have the weapons to take advantage of the spin friendly Hove track. Wayne Parnell and Naved-ul-Hasan look good choices to fill the spot of overseas player.
Matt Prior and Luke Wright are likely to be playing in the one day series against India rather than helping their county at the climax of the season – they will be missed. The loss of Corey Collymore to Middlesex is significant so new acquisition Amjad Khan has big shoes to fill.
Parnell should do well and Goodwin can always be relied upon for runs, but we opt for Monty Panesar here. With form and confidence regained, Panesar will be looking to kick on in 2011.
Look out for…
Although Naved Arif seems a bit of a wildcard acquisition, his first-class record is excellent, so Sussex fans will be hoping that the club has unearthed a gem.
6th – A solid if unspectacular return to the top flight
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