Sussex chase Warwickshire allrounder Clarke

Sussex have made a formal approach for Warwickshire’s former England all-rounder Rikki Clarke.

Clarke is out of contract at the end of the season and while Warwickshire insist that they are still in negotiations with him no new deal has been agreed.

In the meantime Sussex have served Warwickshire with 28 days’ notice of their intention to speak to Clarke.

The 29-year-old is already on his third county having played for Surrey from 2002 to 2007 and briefly for Derbyshire in 2008. Clarke joined Derbyshire as captain for the 2008 campaign but he resigned in mid-season and joined Warwickshire on an initial three-year deal in September 2008.

Clarke was awarded his county cap by Warwickshire earlier this season and has performed consistently throughout the summer including an unbeaten 81 in the win over Sussex at Arundel last week.

News of Sussex’s approach should added extra spice to the return fixture at Edgbaston next week when Sussex will be seeking only their second win on the ground in 50 years and their first since 1982.

Warwickshire will have West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul available for that match as their new overseas player as replacement for New Zealand off-spinner Jeetan Patel.

Ireland pair William Porterfield and Boyd Rankin are currently on international duty in Scotland but they are expected to be available for the Friends Life t20 match against Lancashire at Old Trafford on Wednesday July 13.

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