Grant Flower appointed as batting coach of Sussex Cricket Club

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Grant Flower appointed as batting coach of Sussex Cricket Club

Sussex County Cricket Club has hired Grant Flower, a former Zimbabwe cricketer and a well-experienced coach, as its batting coach. Grant takes over for Jason Swift, who had been involved with the club for the past eight years. He left the club to seek other options.

Flower comes in with a rich coaching experience having previously served as batting coach for the Sri Lanka national side for two years. He was also the coach of the Pakistan men’s team between 2014 and 2019 and for Zimbabwe between 2010 and 2014. His domestic coaching assignments include mentoring at Essex County Cricket Club and Midwest Rhinos in Zimbabwe.

All of this came after an illustrious playing career in which he amassed over 10,000 runs in 288 international appearances. Grant, Zimbabwe’s most capped one-day international player with 221 games, is the third-highest run-scorer in the format with 6,571 runs. He’s also one of only a few players to score 1,000 runs and take 100 wickets in one-day internationals.

From 2005 to 2010, he spent six seasons as a player with Essex, winning three one-day titles during that time.

Upon joining Sussex Grant Flower said: “It gives me great pleasure to be added to the Sussex coaching staff and I can’t wait to start. I have been told about the exciting young batters coming through the ranks and am excited to be given the opportunity of hopefully improving them along their journey.

“I always enjoyed playing against the Sharks and admired their professional approach and ultra-competitiveness. Hopefully, I can add to that with some of my international coaching experiences and help contribute to making the Sharks batting unit both reliable and exciting.”

Welcoming Grant to Hove, Sussex’s Championship & One-Day Head Coach, Ian Salisbury said: “Grant is an absolutely fantastic addition to our staff. I’ve known him since my first trip to Zimbabwe in 1989 and can vouch for his personal qualities, while his coaching and playing record speak for themselves.

“With a young squad in the early stage of their careers, the quality of the coaching set-up is absolutely vital. To add someone with Grant’s track record alongside people like James Kirtley, Sarah Taylor, Ash Wright and Mike Yardy put us in a really strong position. I feel humbled to be working alongside this group.

“There have been some challenges over the past year or so, but we’ve got to look forward now. We’ve got a brilliant coaching team in place, the medical and S&C teams are doing great work with the lads’ fitness, we’ve got the marquee going up early in the New Year, so we’re in a great position to now focus on the squad’s cricketing skills as we build-up to the start of the season.”

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