England news May 2, 2011

Yardy returns to lead Sussex

ESPNcricinfo staff

Michael Yardy, the Sussex captain, has returned to cricket for the first time since leaving England's World Cup campaign early due to depression. He took charge of the Clydesdale Bank 40 match against Netherlands, at Hove, having flown home before the quarter-final against Sri Lanka in March.

It was a successful comeback for Yardy who took 1 for 36 off eight overs with his left-arm spin and contributed a useful 39 from 52 balls in Sussex's successful run chase.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the supporters, and all those who have sent personal messages for their support over the last month and to the media for giving me and those close to me the privacy we have needed," Yardy said. "I now intend to spend some time concentrating on my cricket and would ask that people respect my decision to focus on my performances for Sussex and continue to give me the space I need."

Yardy has been careful not to rush his return and has sat out Sussex's first three Championship matches with Murray Goodwin captaining in his absence. Yardy was named in England's summer performance programme squad last month, which consists of players the selectors feel are likely to be involved during the season, but it remains to be seen whether he returns to the international stage in either one-day internationals or Twenty20s.

He became a key part of the 20-over side during last year's World Twenty20 in the Caribbean which earned him a recall to the one-day side last summer.