Tom Haines has been urged to keep learning as he looks to build on another flying start.

Last season’s leading run-scorer anywhere in the Championship is already on song this year.

He made a career-best 243 and shared in a partnership of 351 with Cheteshwar Pujara in the draw at Derbyshire.

He already has 357 runs this season at an average of 89.25.

Only Pakistan international Shan Masood of Derbyshire has more runs.

Pujara has had a good look at what Haines can offer after sharing almost 120 overs together out in the middle as talk of England recognition increases.

The India star, who scored 201 not out, said: “Why not? But I would say the player always needs to keep learning, whether you are up there at the international level or you are playing first-class level and you want to progress.

“I am sure there are many talented players and Tom is one of them.”

Sussex take on Worcestershire at New Road tomorrow in their third Championship fixture.

After a torrid last two days versus Nottinghamshire and first two in Derby, spirits have been raised by the efforts of Pujara and Haines to save the second game.

Pujara has enjoyed the early stages of his season with Sussex.

He said: “I love the environment here.

“The boys are really good. I enjoy their company and I am having a good time with them.”

Harrison Ward was 66 not out overnight for Sussex 2nd XI as they reached 225-7 on day two away to Gloucestershire at Bristol.

Delray Rawlins, who took 5-98 as the hosts were bowled out for 319, was out caught for a second-ball duck as he looked to clip a ball through the legside.