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Former England and Ireland batsman Ed Joyce will be seen in action for his swansong for a domestic team Sussex Sharks in a Twenty20 match.

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So, the game will be played at Arundel Castle and it will also conclude the 2018 Rathbones Arundel Festival.

The veteran batsman Joyce played in eight seasons for the English club. Furthermore, he also captained Sussex between 2012 and 2015.

The southpaw batsman Joyce scored more than 12,000 runs in the 227 matches for Sussex.

In fact, Joyce is all excited to take the field for the final time for his domestic side.

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Ed Joyce will take the ground for the final time:

Interestingly, Ed Joyce will play against his own country Ireland in his final game. Thus, the experienced batsman is looking forward to the challenge.

“I can’t wait to step out on the field one last time with Sussex at Arundel on Sunday. The opposition, of course, is my country Ireland, and I know it’ll be a very tough game as Ireland have just come off four very competitive games in Antrim during the series against Holland and Scotland,” Brighton and Hove Independent quoted Joyce as saying.

While representing two different international teams Joyce added Sunday’s match will be perfect opportunity – to gear up for both teams, for their respective upcoming matches.

Ireland will play two-match One-day International series against India from June 27 at Dublin.

Joyce added, “Sunday’s fixture is excellent preparation ahead of bigger challenges for both teams. In Ireland’s case, they play India in two massive games in Dublin later this month. And, of course, Sussex will start the T20 Vitality Blast in early July. Both teams will be looking to tie down batting and bowling combinations and get an early win on the board – this will be no friendly match”.

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Ed Joyce. Credits: Getty Images.

The upcoming match is a part of Joyce’s testimonial year. The left-handed batsman is also looking forward to supporting his two charities through this impending game.

Joyce went on to add, “The game is part of my testimonial year and the two charities I’ve chosen to support are the PCA Benevolent Fund and Sussex Cricket Foundation. Both charities do fantastic work which I’ve seen first-hand. The Benevolent Fund looks after current and former professional cricketers that have fallen on tough times and the Sussex Cricket Foundation aims to change lives through cricket across the community”.

In fact, the full Sussex squad is yet to be announced. However, the squad will be named later in the week and Ed Joyce is expected to deliver for his side.

Fans can book their tickets online from Moreover, the tickets will be available on the match day. Gates will open at 12 pm with the match scheduled to start at 1:30 pm.

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