Anyon eyes one-day action
James Anyon is eager to prove he can shine in the game’s shorter formats as Sussex prepare to kick off their Clydesdale Bank 40 campaign this weekend.
Former Warwickshire and Surrey seamer Anyon has enjoyed success in the four-day game since arriving at the PROBIZ County Ground ahead of the 2010 season.
Ninety-seven wickets in 29 appearances for Sussex, at an average of 30, represents a healthy return in first-class cricket for the 29-year-old, yet he has not yet been given the opportunity to display his skills in the one-day arena.
Aside from a solitary 50-over outing against a touring Bangladesh side two years ago, in which he claimed 3-29, Anyon has been restricted solely to red-ball action thus far. Yet he is hopeful a run in coloured clothing is not far away.
“I’m content with playing first-class cricket, that’s the game I enjoy the most when I play, but I’d love to play one-day cricket - I think everyone wants to play as many games as they can,” Anyon told ecb.co.uk.
“It’s tough as a fast bowler to play every game but I definitely want to break in, especially in Twenty20. I’ve enjoyed success in that in the past.
“When I came here Sussex were one of the best one-day sides in the country and to break into the side was always going to be tough. But if I can get an opportunity then hopefully I can take it and play a few more games with the white ball.”
Anyon offered a light-hearted response when asked if he had spoken to Sussex head coach Mark Robinson about his lack of one-day action.
“I think he thought I was allergic to the white ball for a while, so I’ve been trying to tell him that I’m not,” he said with a smile.
“All jokes aside, I just need to keep working on my consistency and becoming more economical if I’m going to play a bit more one-day cricket. That’s an aim of mine in the championship, just tying up how many runs I go for.
“I’ve been practising a few of my skills and I played a few (one-day games) in the winter and did alright.”
Regardless of whether he is successful in his quest for more games, Anyon can reflect positively on his time on the south coast, which has seen him display the best form of his career.
“It was a good move for me,” he explained. “I felt I was a bit unlucky at Warwickshire with a few injuries and ended up down the pecking order. I had a lack of form coming back from injury and the guys were doing well, so you can’t really expect to get back in.
“It was a bit of a fresh start when I came down here, nobody had any preconceived ideas about me and I was free to go about my business as I wanted to. It was good, I started well and hopefully that can continue.
“Last year was my best year by far really and of course I’m pleased with how it went. It’s something that I want to replicate again this year.”