Michael Yardy returns to lead Sussex after depression

Michael Yardy
Yardy made his international debut for England in 2006

England spinner Michael Yardy made a successful return to competitive action by leading Sussex to a five-wicket CB 40 win over the Netherlands at Hove.

The 30-year-old, who returned home early from the 2011 World Cup in late March because of depression, took 1-36 and then made 39 with the bat.

He said: "I'd like to thank all those who have sent messages and to the media for giving me privacy.

"I ask that people respect my decision to focus on performances for Sussex."

Back on familiar territory at his home ground, he dismissed Netherlands batsman Tom Cooper caught behind down the legside during his eight overs.

Yardy also deflected the ball on to the stumps off his own bowling to run out centurion Eric Szwarczynski as the visitors posted 225-7 from their allotted 40 overs in the Group A match.

He then contributed 39 as the Sharks overhauled their target with 19 balls to spare.

Yardy was an integral component of the England team that won the ICC World Twenty20 in the Caribbean in May 2010. and was also part of the one-day squad thrashed 6-1 in Australia in January and February.

Following that tour, the England players had only four days at home before departing for the World Cup in the sub-continent.

Yardy's form suffered in the 50-over competition and his usual brand of economical slow left-arm bowling deserted him.

In three matches against India, Ireland and South Africa he took two wickets for 159 runs in 26 overs and made only 19 runs, which resulted in him being left out for England's final two group matches.

He announced his decision to leave on 24 March, two days before England's quarter-final defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka in Colombo.

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