Yardy’s “bravery” saluted by Adams

Former Sussex captain Chris Adams has praised Mike Yardy’s “bravery” after his successor flew home from the World Cup to battle depression.

Adams led Sussex for ten years before handing over the captaincy to Yardy in 2009 and believes he will get the best possible support from the county.

He said: “It is incredibly brave of Yards that he has acknowledged this publicly, but I am not surprised knowing his character as a friend and former team-mate. It’s probably not the right word in the situation but I am very proud of him.

“It is very difficult for anyone to understand what he is going through personally. But cricket, especially captaincy, is a very intense environment and then you have to factor in that Yards has been away from home for a very long time.

“Fortunately for him he is with the best possible county to help him deal with this. The Sussex family will rally round him. There are some fantastic people there to help him and his family hopefully overcome this.”

In his role as Surrey cricket manager, Adams recently dealt with a similar situation when wicketkeeper Steven Davies admitted last month he was gay.

Adams added: “You can’t compare the two but again with Steven we saw someone bravely dealing with the issue in a high-pressure situation. Like he has, I hope Yards can move forward and I know everyone in cricket will wish him all the best.”

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