Eastbourne cricketer, Ben Brown, steps up as vice-captain and wicketkeeper for Sussex as they begin their County Championship campaign for 2017 today (14 April).
They welcome neighbours, Kent to the County Ground in Hove for an 11am start to the four-day match.
Sussex can welcome a number of new faces into their squad for the new season. Batsman Laurie Evans has joined from Warwickshire, whilst South African trio Vernon Philander, Stiaan van Zyl and David Wiese have all arrived in time for the first match.
Philander, who is available as an overseas player for the first six Specsavers County Championship matches and the group stages of the Royal London One-Day Cup, has enjoyed a fine international winter, helping South Africa to three Test series wins.
Van Zyl and Wiese have both joined as Kolpak players and look set to boost Sussex’s options with both bat and ball. Young all-rounder Delray Rawlins, who signed a first professional contract over the winter, would make his first-class debut if selected after starring with England Under-19’s in India earlier this year.
There are three players missing from the squad through injury – Matt Macham with a wrist injury, Ollie Robinson has hurt his shin and Eastbourne player, Luke Wells is out with a knee injury.