Sarah Taylor joins Sussex setup as wicket-keeping mentor

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Sussex have roped in Sarah Taylor to their coaching staff to work with the club’s wicket-keepers, it was announced on Monday (March 15). Along with Ashley Wright, who’s been hired to assist batting coach Jason Swift, Taylor will work with the professional sqad as well as the Sussex Cricket Pathway on a part-time basis.

Taylor, known to be one of the niftiest behind the stumps, has 227 dismissals in 226 internationals. She also has over 7,000 runs in her 13-year-career.

“I’m really pleased about working with the club’s wicketkeepers,” said Taylor after the announcement.

“From Ben Brown and Phil Salt in the professional squad and down through the pathway, we have a really talented group of keepers at Sussex who I am looking forward to working with immensely. I want to share my experience and expertise to help them get the most out of their game.”

“I’m a big believer in keeping things simple and perfecting the basics so that players can enjoy and express themselves with the gloves.”

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Taylor retired from the sport in 2019 and her last international assignment was the Ashes of that year.

“As with everything we do, the decision to add Sarah and Ash to our coaching staff is based on our strategic aim to produce homegrown or ‘Sussex-fied’ players who will ensure the club is competing in all formats and providing as many players for England as possible in the future,” said Ian Salisbury, Sussex’s joint men’s head coach.

James Kirtley, the other men’s head coach of Sussex added in agreement, “Sarah has so much to offer our players, but also our environment. She is hugely skilled in the world of wicketkeeping, but she will also bring so much good as a person around our group.”

“She adds great perspective to a situation and as a coach she provides an excellent sounding board for ideas and is a fantastic communicator. I am certain she will become a huge asset to our setup.”