ADAM London admitted this week the pressure on him to be an instant hit is an occupational hazard of professional sport.
The 24-year-old left-hander ended a three-year exile from County Championship cricket in last week’s draw with leaders Sussex after fighting back from reconstructive knee surgery and at least a couple of bouts of broken fingers.
A spate of half centuries by London coupled with Dawid Malan’s struggles against the red ball helped force the hand of the Middlesex selectors.
But while an established player like Malan got eight championship innings before the axe fell, London may only get the two in this week’s clash with Yorkshire to add to the 18 he made in his only knock against Sussex with head coach Richard Scott having offered him no guarantees of an extended run in the side.
It’s the sort of scenario which eventually drove the likes of Dan Housego and Steven Crook to opt for fresh starts elsewhere, but London accepts it is the nature the game youngsters get the thin end of the wedge when it comes to proving themselves.
And he is determined to make it as hard as he can for the likes of Scott to leave him out again when more established names like Eoin Morgan and Adam Voges come calling next month.
He said: “It is pressurized when you might not get too many opportunities to break in, but sport generally and not just cricket is like that.
“It is just one of those things I’ve got to grab this chance with both hands, score runs and put my name forward.
“I’m sure at other counties, not just at Middlesex, if you are young and trying to make your way in the game it can be tough and you can sometimes be easy to drop, but I just don’t want the coaches to see that and at the end of the day if I score runs I’m not going to be easy to leave out.”
To make life tougher for London he finds himself in unfamiliar territory at four in the batting order, having made all his runs in the second XI opening against the new-ball.
Ashford-born London though knows he is not in the place to pick and choose.
He added: “I haven’t batted at four for a few years, either for my club or the second XI so it is a bit strange, but at the end of the day it is still a ball coming down at me and I’ve got to score runs.”
The vital second versus third clash with Yorkshire gets underway at Lord’s today (Tuesday).