ADAM Rossington is determined not to be fazed by the big reputations of opposition bowlers as he fights for a spot in Middlesex’s top six.
The 20-year-old batsman/wicketkeeper repaid the faith of Director of Cricket Angus Fraser and the rest of the coaching staff of the Lord’s tenants with an unbeaten 79 off just 72 balls in the Yorkshire Bank 40 win over Yorkshire at Radlett on Bank Holiday Monday – his highest List A score for the county.
Even England quick Tim Bresnan was unable to unsettle the former England U19 international whose knock built on a blistering century against Cambridge University at Fenners.
But then it seems Rossington is not easily fazed by the challenge the likes of Bresnan represent, though he would not be drawn on whether his showing against the England pace-man could win him a spot in next week’s County Championship game with Sussex at Lord’s.
He said: “That was the first time I’ve faced Tim Bresnan, but I enjoyed the challenge – it is nice to be facing bowlers of that quality. People like Tim are good cricketers but my outlook on my batting is one they have let go of the ball all I have to do is play the delivery coming down at me. It does not matter at that point who has let go of it because I’ve just got to play that ball.
“I think that just comes from knowing my scoring options and backing myself to execute them no matter who the bowler is. All I can do is keep knocking on the door by scoring the runs and then if and when I get the opportunity keep scoring them, but the journey is going pretty well at the minute.”
Ironically, if Rossington is to force himself into the championship side purely as a batsman the man under most threat is the one he shared the match-winning stand of 135 with in the win over the Tykes, Dawid Malan.
The mercurial left-hander showed his true class in a knock of 96, but this was in marked contrast to his form in the red-ball longer format where he is yet to make a half century in the County Championship acquiring just 114 runs in eight innings.
Malan is acutely aware of Rossington’s talent and the threat he poses to his own spot in the batting ranks.
“He (Rossington) is a very good player who has scored a bucket-load of runs in the second team, pushed his way in and proved why he has been picked. All credit to him, he played exceptionally well today especially with the situation when he came in where we were in a bit of trouble.
“You are always looking over your shoulder because no-one is guaranteed a place in any team you play in. If you are not scoring runs and someone else is you expect them to get picked, that is just the way team sport works and why you have a squad of 25 people or however many there are so you can replace people who are not doing as well as others.
“If I am not doing well enough for the club and I get replaced then so be it. I’m not worrying about that – if the time comes when I don’t play then I don’t play.”