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WINTER WATCH: An update on Sussex's coaches during the winter months


Sussex’s winter programmes are back up and running both at Hove and abroad, and the preparation for 2017 has begun in earnest. The post-season holidays are now a distant memory as Sussex’s playing squad and coaches get stuck into pre-season training.

Head Coach Mark Davis has returned from a three-week break in South Africa and is working with the members of the professional squad who are based in the UK this winter, after they had October off and are now back in pre-season training.

Their initial focus is fully on their physical conditioning and working closely with newly-appointed Strength and Conditioning Coach Connor Browne, who has recently taken over from Nick Lee, who joined the Sri Lankan national side as Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach last month.

Jon Lewis is also assisting Mark and is heading up the young fast bowlers project in the Academy and Emerging Players Programme (EPP). As well as this, the former England bowler is involved this winter with the England Under-19 programme as Bowling Coach, and will tour with the squad in the New Year.

Lewis will also accompany Carl Hopkinson on the Academy tour to Cape Town in December. Academy Director Hopkinson has started with the Academy and EPP skill development programmes this winter as well as working with the Area and District squads. He will be leading the tour to Cape Town, as well as coaching fielding with the England Under-19’s. He will also lead the delivery of the fielding module on the ECB’s Level 4 coaching qualification.

Michael Yardy has taken on an enhanced role in the coaching setup, after excelling in the role of Under-17’s Head Coach which he took on in January. In addition to this, he is now looking after the young batsmen in the Academy, EPP and development group. This is a part-time role as he completes his degree in psychology at the University of Chichester.

Team Analyst and Coach Jason Swift is focusing on his analysis work for the professional squad, but has also been appointed as the head of the new Women and Girls Academy and EPP programmes, based at the Aldridge Cricket Centre at BACA. This is an exciting new project and a ground-breaking initiative.

Three of Sussex’s batsmen are in Australia and being coached on a one-to-one basis by Trent Woodhill, who has coached a number of Australia’s international batsmen. He is Assistant Coach at Melbourne Stars, and Batting/Fielding Coach at Indian Premier League side Royal Challengers Bangalore. He has begun working with Harry Finch, Phil Salt and Luke Wells, and they will be joined by Ben Brown in the New Year.

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