Travis Head, an Australian batsman, will return to Sussex as an overseas player for all three formats next season, the team said on Thursday (November 4). Head has also been selected as the captain of Sussex for the 2022 County Championship. The 27-year-old has been in excellent form recently, amassing 271 runs in three Sheffield Shield matches. He also struck 230 for South Australia in the 50-over format last month, the second best List A performance in Australia’s history. Head, on the other hand, struggled for Sussex this season, scoring only 183 runs in 11 innings. In his second term, he hopes to take the lead from the start.

“I can’t wait to get back to Hove,” Head expressed his excitement. “Last summer, the atmosphere was fantastic, and I enjoyed being a part of Sussex. I was excited to return, play hard, and perform well since I and the rest of the squad had unfinished business. I’m overjoyed at the prospect of being able to do so. I’m equally delighted to be captaining the Championship side, and I intend to lead from the front as we continue our quest to restore the club’s fortunes. Last summer, I developed some strong bonds with the players and coaches, which will serve me well in this new endeavour. The team has some excellent leaders, and I’ll be leaning on them as much as possible as we all work really hard to achieve our goals as a group.”

Sussex, who will play in Division Two next season, were led by wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Brown at the start of the season before being replaced by Tom Haines midway through. Head’s appointment as skipper for the new season was the right one, according to Ian Salisbury, Sussex’s head coach in the Championship and one-day format.

“Travis was amazing last year in the way he carried himself in the locker room and on the field,” he said. “He’s exactly the kind of guy we want around our kids and in our environment. He is, of course, an incredibly talented cricketer.”