Cricket: Haynes linked to Sussex

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Sussex have refused to confirm reports linking the former West Indies opener, Desmond Haynes, with the vacant post of first-team coach following his recent departure from Middlesex.

"Several names have been linked to the appointment but obviously Haynes has the track record and expertise that could make us wish to talk to him if he were available," the county's marketing manager, Robert Griffiths, said. "Obviously we want to fill the position as soon as possible but I can not confirm whether an approach has been made."

The 39-year-old batsman played in 116 Tests for the West Indies, four of them as captain, and is taking legal action against them for damages and loss of earnings after being left out of the squad for the summer Test series here.

Sussex, who have gone nine seasons without a trophy, also want to appoint a director of cricket and coaching in an effort to revive their fortunes.