Carl Hopkinson is leaving Sussex to become the ECB’s new top fielding coach.

The 36-year-old will work with England internationals, emerging players and the counties on their skills in the field.

Hopkinson was known as a lightning fast fielder during his playing days at Hove.

He played an important role in the County Championship winning sides of 2006 and 2007 before moving into the coaching set-up.

Hopkinson, who leaves Sussex at the end of March, said: “I’m honoured to have been given this fantastic opportunity to not only develop the fielding of English cricketers within the ECB pathway, but to also work closely with counties to help improve the overall standard of fielding throughout the country.

“I’d like to thank Sussex Cricket for their years of support both as a player and a coach. The development opportunities given to me by the club have been outstanding and have allowed me to take this next step in my career.

“I have been with Sussex since I was in the under-tens and have spent all 18 years of my working life here, first as a player and then a coach.

“It’s going to be extremely tough to say goodbye to the club I love and where I have enjoyed so much success both professionally and personally.

“I will of course be keeping a close eye on how things progress and will keep in touch with the many close friends I have made during my time at Hove.”