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Luke Wright appointed Sussex captain

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Sussex have named former England All Rounder Luke Wright as their new club captain in all formats, replacing Ed Joyce in the job.

Wright who had already been captaining Sussex in T20 cricket had this to say "Once Ed (Joyce) had made his decision, the club asked if I was interested. It was a pretty easy decision to say yes," Wright told BBC Sussex.

"I was proud and honoured to do the T20. Now I get to put my stamp on the whole club and I am excited about it."

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Joyce had been captaining Sussex in One Day and First Class Cricket this season, but stepped down earlier in the week following Sussex's relegation from the first division.

He stated, "The time is right to hand over the reins to a new captain and whoever that is will have my support, my increasing commitments with Ireland and the stage in my career I'm at meant that the job became more a burden than a challenge to be relished this year."

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Wright who played over 100 internationals for England said "Relegation gives you even more drive, hunger and desire."

His appointment comes at a time where Sussex are on the rebuild after their final day relegation in the Championship and also experienced poor progress in the other forms of the game.

Sussex have already begun that rebuild with four players either being released or retiring themselves including former captain Michael Yardy. They have also released Ashar Zaidi and Chris Liddle with Steffan Piolet retiring.

Yardy also played for England during his long tenure of 16 years of playing senior cricket for the club. Yardy also played every single game for England as they won their only World Title to date, in the 2010 T20 World Cup.

Elsewhere, Sussex announced the re-signing of Overseas player Steve Magoffin, who was the joint second leading wicket-taker in Division One with 69 wickets.

Magoffin is seeking British citizenship so he can be classified as a local player enabling Sussex to sign another Overseas Player. This decision comes after he was left out of the Australian Test Squad to tour Bangladesh for Andrew Fekete.

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