Anyon takes a shine to Sussex spearhead role

James Anyon has revealed how working with the ECB’s fast bowling coach Kevin Shine has made him into a key member of Sussex’s pace attack.

Anyon, who turned 28 on May 5, had a belated celebration when he took four wickets in both innings as Sussex cruised to a nine-wicket win over champions Nottinghamshire at Hove.

His match haul of 8 for 156 were his best figures since June 2008, when he took eight wickets against Glamorgan for former county Warwickshire, and took him to 16 victims for the season.

Anyon worked with Shine last summer to try to find an extra yard of pace and it appears to have worked. His aggressive approach clearly unsettled the Notts’ batsmen and Anyon likes the idea of being the fast and nasty element in the Sussex attack.

He said: “Sussex sent me to see Kevin Shine and I worked on a couple of things to add a yard of pace.

“Then during the winter it was just a working hard, doing the bowling drills (coach) Mark Robinson worked out for me and going from there.

“It is nice to just be able to go out and try to bowl quickly as opposed to thinking about holding back or line and length.

“Our attack allows me to do that. Guys like Monty Panesar and Rana Naved are great at building pressure at the other end so if I go for the odd boundary it is not a major problem.”

Robinson is delighted that his hard work with Anyon has paid off. He said: “Jimmy can be a bit erratic at times but he makes things happen and on flat pitches that’s what you want.

“Pace upsets people and makes them play silly shots sometimes and we saw that against Notts.”

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