At times Middlesex fast bowler James Fuller appears starstruck by some of the biggest names in the game he has encountered while making the Home of Cricket his own second home.
But an almost boyish enthusiasm for playing at Lord’s belies a fierce ambition. No-one should doubt Fuller’s intent to make his mark at his new county after making a move from Gloucestershire last autumn.
After playing a leading role in the West Countrymen’s One Day Cup triumph at headquarters last September, he turned down the offer of a new contract at Bristol to sign with the Seaxes.
Having been at Nevil Road for five seasons, the decision was a hard one, but he is clearly relishing the opportunities the move has brought.
His enthusiasm was infectious when he spoke to LastWordOnSports earlier this summer, a few weeks before a side strain put a temporary brake on his season.
James Fuller on the Lord’s Experience
“It’s pretty awesome bowling at Lord’s to be honest,” he says, recalling his first experience of playing T20 cricket under floodlights at headquarters.
“It’s a great home crowd. My first T20 [a rain-affected victory over Somerset in late June] was absolutely unbelievable in terms of the atmosphere. It was maybe half capacity as well.
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BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM – JUNE 8: James Fuller of Middlesex celebrates after dismissing Benny Howell of Gloucestershire during the Royal London One Day Cup match between Gloucestershire and Middlesex at the Brightside Ground on June 8, 2016 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)