Eight years and counting September 3, 2004

Adams keen to continue at Sussex

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Chris Adams: one year on © Getty Images
This time 12 months ago Sussex were poised to secure their first County Championship title. A year later and things at Hove are a little different with a top-three finish the best the county are likely to achieve after a poor start to the summer.

But the enthusiasm of Chris Adams, in his eighth year as Sussex captain, remains undiminished, and he has ended speculation that he was about to stand down by telling the local newspaper that he is keen to continue - if he is wanted. "Last year took a lot out of me," he told the Sussex-based Argus newspaper. "I did seriously think about going out on a high. But that wouldn't have been fair on the players or the club who have backed me and deserved some loyalty in return.

"I have said to the club that I see myself doing the job as long as they want me to," Adams continued. "If someone else stepped forward then I'd happily stand down, but at the moment I'd be delighted to carry on next year and maybe beyond. Who knows?"

As there is nobody at Sussex who stands out as a rival, and budgetary restrictions rule out a big-name signing from another county, Adams's position seems secure.

"It can be very stressful at times, but it's also hugely rewarding," Adams added. "I love doing it and would be delighted to carry on. Obviously, in a year's time if someone stood out we'd have to take a look at it again."