Jayden Seales has got to know his way around Hove after an encouraging Sussex debut.

And he is not the first fast bowler to decide he prefers to go up the slope.

Seales took six wickets in the encouraging draw against Northants to start the Vitality County Championship campaign.

He impressed with his attitude and desire to get down to business since arriving at the 1st Central County Ground.

One would say he has rolled up his sleeves and got on with the task in hand.

But the Trinidadian was spotted fielding in short sleeves in early season English conditions.

Seales said: “I'm always happy being able to pick up wickets for the team, especially playing for my first time in these conditions, it was very good for me and the team as well.

“For me, coming up the hill was probably a lot easier.

“I had to stay a little stronger, it made me have more control over what I wanted to do, so it wasn't as bad as I was expecting it to be.

“I thought I’d have to put in a lot of effort running in faster and I thought I may have lost control but I didn't in the end.”

Seales wasted little time getting a first Sussex wicket, helped by John Simpson’s sharp catch down the leg side, on the opening day.

He added: “I was very happy to get that first one off my back and the second one was just me trying to get some rhythm and obviously trying to get the ball to do a little bit and eventually it got the wicket.

“Being a fast bowler coming into a new team, your role is to pick up wickets and provide for the team.

“Being able to do that allowed me to settle down and just get into my work a lot faster.”

Seales enjoyed bowling in partnership with England’s Ollie Robinson.

He said: “Ollie came in and he built pressure right from that first spell and, after tea, he helped me to just hit one spot as much as I can and build pressure.”

Seales was initially due to join Sussex last season but those plans were put on ice due to injury.

While the days of one or two overseas players staying with a county for several seasons across all formats are long gone, Sussex are looking for some continuity with their imported talent.

Cheteshwar Pujara is back at Hove this season and hopes to feature at Leicestershire from Friday.

Both Seales and Pujara will be with the county for the opening batch of seven Championship fixtures, with the former staying on for some early Twenty20s.

Nathan McAndrew, who impressed for Sussex last season, and Daniel Hughes then come in from Australia, with the latter on board for the rest of the season in both the Vitality Blast and Championship.

McAndrew will be replaced for the last five Championship matches by Jaydev Unadkat, who impressed last season.

Overseas players no longer receive a county cap automatically but the award will be made to Seales when he has made a significant contribution to Sussex cricket.

That might not be too long in coming with head coach Paul Farbrace impressed by what he has seen.

Farbrace said: “I have been delighted with Jayden since he has arrived.

“He is a fantastic bloke, he has fitted into our dressing room absolutely brilliantly.

“You forget he is only 22 because he has a maturity about him as a person and a bowler.

“The way he is around our group and the way the lads have taken to him shows what a high quality bloke he is.

“We knew that but his quality as a bowler and the way he has run in are absolutely fantastic.

“He really looks an exciting bowler.

“I know the West Indies are keen to have him in July when they come to England and play the Test series and we hope that we play our part in getting him ready and he has a great series against England in July.

“But before that I hope he wins us a few games.

“He is a quality bowler, great athlete, brilliant bloke and he showed with the last hit of our innings he can strike a clean ball as well.”