Match Preview - Gloucestershire v Sussex

10 June 2019

Gloucestershire will be hoping to make it 10 matches unbeaten in the Specsavers County Championship as they gear up to face Sussex tomorrow (Tuesday) at 11am.

Richard Dawson’s side have won one and drawn three to open this season’s County Championship, continuing their form from last year in which they closed out the campaign on a five-game unbeaten streak.

After an eleven-day break from County action the players are feeling fresh, but Head Coach Dawson is wary of the busy schedule ahead, “We had a few training sessions last week and did a bit of gym work. Some of the lads played club cricket on Saturday as well so it was nice to have that break but we’re going to have a full-on six weeks from now so it going to be tough”.

A victory against an in-form Sussex side who currently occupy the third promotion place would solidify the Club as promotion candidates and would leave Gloucestershire in prime position to take hold of a promotion spot with the added bonus of a game in hand.

Speaking on the possibility of promotion Dawson said, “Three promotion places offers a great incentive. Sussex will be very tough opposition, but we relish testing ourselves against the best”.

New overseas signing Chadd Sayers will be available to make his Gloucestershire debut tomorrow after arriving in England over the weekend. The Australian international is a welcome addition to an already potent but stretched seam attack.

“He’s been successful in Australia in conditions that aren’t best suited to him so he should fare well in English conditions,” Dawson said, “He’s a bit older than most of the lads in our squad so he’ll bring experience and will be a fresh voice that the group can learn from”.

Matt Taylor goes into the game off the back of a seven-wicket haul against Lancashire at Cheltenham. He currently leads the Gloucestershire team in Championship wickets with 17.

Gloucestershire's 13-man squad for tomorrow's game is:

Dent, Hammond, Bracey, Roderick, Howell, J Taylor, Higgins, van Buuren, M Taylor, Shaw, Payne, Drissell, Sayers

Sussex will be without opening batsman Phil Salt who is expected to be out for the rest of June after undergoing surgery on his hand last Friday. Jofra Archer will not be available for selection either as he is currently with the England World Cup squad.

It will be Gloucestershire's third Championship visit to Arundel, the previous two coming in 2004 and 2010 with both teams collecting one win each.

Play begins at 11 am tomorrow morning at Arundel.

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