Nash deal underlines his value to Sussex

Sussex are looking to build future teams around opener Chris Nash after confirming that the 28-year-old batsman has signed a new contract.

A one-year extension to his current terms means Nash, who first represented the county at the age of seven, has committed himself until 2014. The reality is that Nash will spend his entire career at Hove.

Nash scored nearly 2,000 runs across all formats in 2011 and was leading run-scorer in the Clydesdale Bank 40, which earned him the PCA’s player of the year for the competition (see picture above).

He also played in three internationals against Sri Lanka A for England Lions, thanks as much to his improving off-spin (he took 27 wickets last season) as his aggressive batting.

Sussex cricket manager Mark Robinson said: “We’re delighted that Chris has extended his contract. He has become a very reliable part of the team in all forms of the game. He is somebody we are looking to build the club around long term.”

Nash believes he is going to be part of another successful era at Sussex. Last season was only the second in 11 years when the county did not win a trophy.

He added: “With the players we have in our squad, our work ethic and the brilliant support we receive from everyone involved with Sussex, we are all excited about what we can achieve over the next few years.

“From a personal point of view I need to continue to score heavily in all forms to help Sussex win trophies and to push my claims for further honours. This is alongside the hard work I am putting in on my bowling to add further strength to my game.”

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