Author James Morgan

James is a freelance copywriter, writer and author. He's a founder and co-editor of The Full Toss.

Talking Points
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Why T20 Cricket Just Isn’t Fair

Here’s a quick heads up about an article I’ve just written for Teamer. It’s over on their sports blog right now. The title? ‘Why T20 cricket just isn’t fair’. It’s a somewhat tongue in cheek look at T20 compared with first class cricket, and how traditional batsmen like Alastair Cook…

Talking Points
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City-Based T20: A Needless Gamble

You’ve got to hand it to Tom Harrison. He wears a suit really nicely. And he can really talk the talk. He’s got a PhD in business speak and drops marketing buzzwords into TV interviews with consummate ease. Harrison’s no old fart. Will Carling would probably like him. He’s every…

Talking Points
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Why Tom Harrison Could Learn A Lot From Grand Theft Auto

Yesterday we heard from one of English cricket’s great leaders, the ECB’s chief exec Tom Harrison. He’s very much the board’s youthful moderniser. Or at least that’s what he’s supposed to be. The reality, however, is that his real skill is squeezing money out of broadcasters. He played an important role when test cricket…

News
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The Friday Flapjack

If you like oats, butter, sugar, golden syrup, and lashings of cricket, you’ve come to the right place. It’s time for The Friday Flapjack – a round up of all the latest cricket news. I think you’ll find it a worthy successor to other TFT end-of-the-week summary classics such as The…

Champions Trophy 2017
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Candy. Baby.

When England win an ODI by the ridiculously emphatic margin of 186 runs, I guess we should all be happy. Back in the 1980s our batsmen rarely scored 186 across two innings of a test match against the Windies …. well, maybe we weren’t quite that bad, but you get my point.…

Talking Points
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Is Steve Smith A Cheat?

Is Steve Smith, the golden boy of Australian cricket, a cheat? I’m going to stick my neck out and say that he’s not. But then again, I don’t think too many would argue that Smith cheated, or at least tried to cheat, when he looked at the balcony for advice…

Champions Trophy 2017
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Calm Heads Avert Setback

Keep cool, man. I quite enjoy watching cricket from the Caribbean. It’s not quite what it used to be, when the stadiums were close to city centres, and Gravy was dancing in the stands, but it still makes a nice change. There are usually quite a few cool cats in the…

England Lions
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Lions Watch

I always enjoy following the England Lions. In some ways they’re a barometer for the general health of English cricket. If the Lions team is buoyant, successful, and looks mouthwatering on paper, then I usually feel optimistic about the full England side’s future. If, on the other hand, the Lions team…

IPL
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White Ball Bowlers: An Endangered Species

News just in: Ben Stokes has been bought for the astonishing figure of $2.16 million USD in the IPL auction. The team that has paid this eye-watering figure, the Rising Pune Silly Nannies, obviously didn’t watch the World T20 final, when poor Ben was absolutely slaughtered by Carlos Brathwaite. Needing…

Talking Points
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To Remodel Or Not To Remodel?

Those of you who have been following the Jack Leach controversy will be disappointed to learn that the Somerset spinner – by far the best young tweaker on the county circuit – has been left out of the 1st Lions ‘test’ because he’s struggling with his remodelled action. He bowled 14…

News
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Root Named Test Captain

As if we needed any proof that Andrew Strauss reads this blog religiously, England’s MD has just announced that Joe Root will be the new test captain … literally an hour after we published Jack Mendel’s piece endorsing Stuart Broad. Thanks for that Andrew. I’m glad you took one week, rather than three,…

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