Sussex: Mark Robinson sees potential in squad

Sussex CCC squad

Mark Robinson has backed Sussex to continue improving after their nine-wicket win over Derbyshire.

The Hove outfit are unbeaten in four County Championship games this season.

Cricket manager Robinson told BBC Sussex: "I genuinely believe this is a group of players who can grow and get better over the next few years.

"We've got a bit of learning to do but it's about making sure we keep moving forward. There is a lot of potential in this squad."

He added: "We've won two games out of four now.

"In the other two we had slightly the better of a draw at The Oval and [although] Warwickshire put us under a lot pressure, we came out even stevens in that match.

"We know we are not the finished article yet. We are a team in the making.

"We have got to keep working hard, keep being honest and keep trying to learn from every situation we find ourselves in."

Robinson also praised the performances of Michael Yardy and Chris Jordan against Derbyshire after the duo put on a partnership of 179 for the sixth wicket in Sussex's first innings.

Jordan's 92 was his highest first-class score, while Yardy went on to hit 153 to help Sussex to a first-innings lead of 178 runs.

"We tried to play the game as if it was a three-day match, in terms of the tempo, as we were a bit worried about the weather forecast for the fourth day," Robinson said.

"It is a team game and you need different individuals to help out their team-mates at times to get them out of some trouble.

"Yardy's innings was full of character and aggression and got us into a situation which put us in the box seat.

"We have got a lot of faith in Chris Jordan's batting and in time he should be able to bat at number six in first-class Championship cricket.

"He is a young man learning his way and in some ways that was a breakthrough innings as he played with the aggression and business we feel he should play with."

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