A rejuvenated Jim Allenby believes he could help to catapult Glamorgan Dragons into the Friends Life t20 knockout stages after shrugging off an injury problem which has prevented him from bowling.
The former Leicestershire all-rounder had to undergo stomach surgery during the off-season and has been forced to make a controlled return to frontline bowling.
But the 28-year-old showed what the Welsh county might have been missing in the narrow two-run t20 victory over South Group leaders Sussex with a spell of one for 22 from his four overs.
And now he is hoping he can have an influence in moving Glamorgan into the all-important top four.
“It’s important that I’m bowling for the balance of the team,” said Australian-born Allenby, who won the t20 title with the Foxes five years ago.
“I wasn’t going to bowl four overs straight at the end against Sussex but the skipper (Alviro Petersen) asked me to. I’ve been wanting to bowl for a while – I thought I might get a chance in the Essex game the other night – and it worked.
“I like bowling at the end of the innings, it’s not easy but it’s quite fulfilling if you get it right. I’m not as strong as I need to be physically. I’ve picked up a couple of annoying little niggles and I’m just taking a while to recover a little.
“I’m not 100 per cent, but these annoying little things will go away when I get a bit stronger. I’ll be all right to bowl, if not in the same way as last season. I bowled a lot last season and it came out well, and I just need to be a bit smarter now.
“I’m not getting any younger and, like anyone, I’ve got to manage my body a bit better, but I’m going all right and I’m getting there. I’m happy to be back bowling.”
Meanwhile, Glamorgan have not included on-loan Simon Jones in their 12-man squad for their County Championship match against Derbyshire at Cardiff.
But they have named England Lions seamer James Harris, who has been out of action for the last month with an ankle injury.