James Maxwell Michael Averis
May 28, 1974, Bristol
Right hand bat
Right arm medium
Bristol Cathedral School, Oxford University
James Averis built a reputation as a solid one-day performer, and in 2001 was able to take advantage of an injury-stricken Gloucestershire attack to make a major breakthrough into the Championship side. A stocky, powerful seam bowler, he was the club's highest wicket-taker in the National League and Championship that year.
One of several graduates in the Gloucestershire squad, Averis gained a prestigious reputation as a sportsman at Oxford. He was awarded blues in cricket and rugby, and represented Bristol Rugby Club before settling on cricket.
Bristol-born, he found himself thrown into the one-day side at the peak of its success at the turn of the century and did not disappoint. He claimed 29 National League victims in 2000, and continued performing well in a less successful team performance in 2001. He also managed to hold his nerve in tense moments of the cup competitions.
His pace is a fairly constant 80mph, though he developed a slower ball with the help of former team-mate Ian Harvey. Due to this lack of pace, he relies on accuracy and late movement, as well as the surprise slower ball, to claim most of his victims.
An invaluable squad member, he is a reliable if unspectacular fielder and
looks as though he genuinely enjoys his cricket. After a few years of underachievement, Gloucestershire released Averis in 2006 after ten years at the club, so that he could concentrate on his Law degree.
Cricinfo Staff September 2006
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