Coach Mark Robinson has praised the resilience of Mike Yardy after the Sussex skipper’s spectacular return to form.
Yardy has been in and out of the side since being diagnosed with depression and returning home from England’s World Cup campaign in March. But his form with the bat has been as good as at any stage of his career in recent weeks.
He made half-centuries in the County Championship defeats by Warwickshire and Worcestershire and then became the first Sussex batsman since Murray Goodwin a decade ago to scored hundreds in the same game outside the county with 130 and 122 in the drawn tussle against Yorkshire at Scarborough.
Robinson said: “We have missed Yards’ batting a lot. With Luke Wright also struggling because of injury and Matt Prior away a lot of the time we have been relying on our top four to get us big totals.
“At Edgbaston last month there were signs that he was getting into form. In the first innings last week he had to really guts it out for his first 50 but in the second innings he absolutely blazed away, it is great to see him up and running.”
Yardy also became the first opposition batsman to score two hundreds in the same game on Yorkshire soil since Alan Jones, at Middlesbrough in 1976 for Glamorgan.
However, Yardy may be rested for the sold-out 50 overs game against India on August 25 and, with Ed Joyce on Ireland duty, there will be opportunity for the likes of Joe Gatting and Luke Wells against the tourists.
Robinson added: “It’s a big occasion for the club, a high profile game in front of a massive crowd. For some of our younger players it is a chance to put down a marker against the best one-day side in the world and we are really looking forward to it.”