T20 Blast bite-size preview: Sussex Sharks

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Sussex had just lost the County Championship Division One lead to Yorkshire, at the time of writing, but the demotion shouldn't negatively affect their T20 Blast campaign. The arrival of Jon Lewis and Yasir Arafat is sure to help, too.

<b>Brief Overview:</b> Sussex had just lost the County Championship Division One lead to Yorkshire, at the time of writing, but the demotion shouldn't negatively affect their T20 Blast campaign. The arrival of Jon Lewis and Yasir Arafat is sure to help, too.

<b>Venue:</b> The County Cricket Ground in Hove – or the BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground, as sponsors will have you know – is one of the few English grounds to have deckchairs for spectators. The chairs are in the colours of Sussex County Cricket Club – blue and white.

<b>Batsman To Watch:</b> Be it in the Indian Premier League, Big Bash League – or other worldwide Twenty20 tournament – the hard-hitting Luke Wright is a force to be reckoned with.

<b>Bowler To Watch:</b> Left-arm seamer Chris Liddle is a seasoned campaigner, with the Yorkshire-born player's loyalty to his adopted county unquestionable.

<b>Overseas Signings:</b> The Sharks have not recruited an international player, per se, but the arrival of former Pakistan all-rounder Yasir Arafat – and the presence of the Australian-born Steve Magoffin will cap the cosmopolitan edge. "Steve is certainly a man in demand so to get his signature for another season is a relief," said captain Ed Joyce.

<b>Know Your Mascot:</b> Sid the Shark's bite and enviable jawline will hopefully mirror the exploits of Sussex on the field. A fancy-dress ban saw the mascot kept away from Lord's before the turn of the decade.

<b>Cricket365's Prediction:</b> Fifth in South Division.

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