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Joyce leaves Middlesex for Sussex

Ed Joyce
Joyce hit 941 runs in 15 Championship games in 2008, with one century

Middlesex left-hander Ed Joyce is to join Sussex next season in a bid to revive his England one-day career.

Sussex beat off six counties to sign the 30-year-old Irishman, who played the last of his 17 England one-day internationals in April 2007.

"He's a good player and a man of character and stature as well," said Sussex cricket manager Mark Robinson.

"He sees the ambition we have, and he still wants to play for his country and thinks playing for us helps that too."

Joyce, who played for Middlesex in the Stanford Super Series, will stay with them for the Champions League in December before completing his move to Hove.

The Dubliner, who made his Middlesex debut in 1999, played for Ireland before switching to England.

Several English counties were thought to have been interested in signing Joyce, who has scored 471 one-day runs for England at an average of 27 - with one century against Australia in February 2007 - as well as playing two Twenty20 internationals.

But he has not featured at international level since last year's World Cup. And Middlesex chief executive Vinny Codrington told BBC London 94.9: "He needs a new challenge.

"He has been absolutely spot on in all of the negotiations and in all communication with us.

"He was always one of the first names on the team-sheet and he has been outstanding and undoubtedly we're going to miss him."

But Codrington believes there are plenty of other batsmen capable of filling Joyce's shoes in 2009.

"We've signed Neil Dexter from Kent and we're very pleased with that signing. He played very well in Antigua.

"We've still got a very strong batting line-up."

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