Sussex’s Specsavers County Championship September run-in starts against Gloucestershire on Tuesday (10.30am start).
A 13-man squad has travelled to Bristol for the fixture. Delray Rawlins and Stiaan van Zyl return to the squad while a fit-again George Garton is also included.
Danny Briggs, the now-departed Alex Carey, Tom Clark, Harry Finch and Abi Sakande are the players from the squad announced prior to Sussex’s last Championship outing to miss out
Sussex’s win in that match against Middlesex last month kept alive their hopes of promotion, elevating them to sixth place and putting them 16 points behind Northants in third with three matches left to play.
Head coach Jason Gillespie is well aware of what his side needs to do to be one of the sides that make it out of the division come the end of the season: “We know the equation for us to have any chance to finish in the top three is to win games of cricket. It’s as simple as that.
“Our focus in on how we go about the things that will give us the best chance to do that: getting off to a good start in matches and applying ourselves with both bat and ball.
“Gloucester will provide a stern challenge. They’re a fine cricket team as reflected in their position in the league, but we’re looking forward to testing ourselves against them and showing what we’re capable of against quality opposition.
“We welcome back Stiaan, Garts and Delray to the squad and CJ is very much in contention to play after missing the last match through injury.”
Ben Brown (capt./wk), Will Beer, George Garton, Tom Haines, Elliot Hooper, Chris Jordan, Delray Rawlins, Ollie Robinson, Phil Salt, Stiaan van Zyl, Jared Warner, Luke Wells, David Wiese
Gloucestershire are second in the table, 14 points ahead of Northants and 19 ahead of fourth-placed Glamorgan. Only leaders Lancashire have more wins than Gloucestershire’s four and Richard Dawson’s men have only bean beaten twice in the campaign.
Skipper Chris Dent has led from the front with the bat, amassing 953 runs at an average over fifty in his 19 innings so far. Only three batsmen in the division have more.
All-rounder Ryan Higgins has scored 866 runs at 72.16 to go with 40 wickets at 25.22. David Payne and Josh Shaw have provided decent support with 33 and 27 scalps respectively.
New overseas signing, West Indian seamer Shannon Gabriel will be available for this week's match.
Gloucestershire v Sussex at the Bristol County Ground from Tuesday 10th – Friday 13th September. Play is scheduled to begin at 10.30am on all four days.
Tickets are available to purchase in advance from the Gloucestershire County Cricket Club ticketing website.
A live video stream of the match will be available on the Gloucestershire County Cricket Club website.