Brenkley confirmed in Indy cricket role

Stephen Brenkley, cricket correspondent at the Independent on Sunday, has been confirmed in the role for the group’s daily title.

Brenkley succeeds former Test player Gus Fraser, who has abandoned his brief journalistic career to return to Lord’s in a senior role for Middlesex.

Brenkley has been the IoS’s cricket correspondent for the past decade. He started writing about cricket more than a quarter of a century ago, when, he says, he “still harboured ambitions of opening the batting for England”.

A regular guest on Sky Sport’s cricket coverage, he says he is “passionate about what Twenty20 can do for the game at large”.

According to a report in today’s Daily Mail, Brenkley was apppinted by the Indy‘s head of sport Matt Tench ahead of other, ex-cricketer applicants.

The seven-day operation for the cricket correspondent at the group matches the move made last year, when the daily paper’s long-standing athletics corrspondent, Mike Rowbottom, was made redundant and his weekday schedule picked up by the Sunday paper’s track writer, Simon Turnbull.

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