About James Morgan

James is a freelance copywriter, author and orthodox (some would say boring) opening batsman. He's written TV and radio scripts for noted cricketing luminaries Carol Vorderman and Caroline Quentin, and composed an academic book about the concept of US imperialism. His real area of expertise, however, is the cover drive.
19 08, 2019

Aussies On The Run

2019-08-19T08:38:42+00:00August 19th, 2019|Ashes 2019|37 Comments

Another bore draw eh. I can see why this test cricket lark is dying. Ahem. The Lord's test might have started as a damp squib, with five sessions and an hour ruined by the weather, but it turned out to be an absolute classic. Both sides had a legitimate chance to win [...]

13 08, 2019

Can Three Players Change Everything?

2019-08-13T09:03:25+00:00August 13th, 2019|Ashes 2019|26 Comments

Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, and Jack Leach. These are the three cricketers we're pinning our hopes on at Lord's. They'll have to shake up the team, raise morale, and give Australia's batting (otherwise known as Steve Smith) something new to think about. Confident? I wish I was. Personally I'm not even 100% [...]

8 08, 2019

Futile Suggestions

2019-08-08T16:36:36+00:00August 8th, 2019|Ashes 2019|50 Comments

After Ollie Stone was ruled out of the second Ashes test yesterday, I Tweeted out my preferred side for Lord's. It went as follows: Burns, Roy, Stokes, Root, Buttler, Bairstow, Woakes, Curran, Archer, Leach, Broad. I was immediately given a tongue lashing (I'm going to copyright this expression when Josh Tongue plays [...]

4 08, 2019

Shattered – Day 4 at Edgbaston

2019-08-04T19:01:02+00:00August 4th, 2019|Ashes 2019|34 Comments

The last time I checked in (on Friday evening) England were in a great position - just a few runs behind Australia's first innings score and with plenty of wickets in hand. And then it all went pear shaped thanks to a mini collapse on Saturday morning and another Steve Smith hundred. [...]

2 08, 2019

Proper Cricket – Day 2 From Brum

2019-08-02T20:06:09+00:00August 2nd, 2019|Ashes 2019|8 Comments

I don't think I've ever felt so nervous waiting for a batsman to reach three figures. I didn't even particularly care about the wickets falling at the other end for a period. It was all about Rory Burns. Could he reach those three magical figures? When the moment finally arrived I was [...]

1 08, 2019

The Rodent Returns – Day 1 at Edgbaston

2019-08-02T08:47:39+00:00August 1st, 2019|Ashes 2019|40 Comments

Today’s play was painful. We had our collective boot on Australia’s metaphorical throat but the opportunity slipped away. And it’s all because of Steve Smith. Yes him. The ginger rodent. The bane of our existence. I wish I could say Smith was lucky. I wish I could say that he cheated. But [...]

26 07, 2019

Relief

2019-07-26T19:08:39+00:00July 26th, 2019|Ashes 2019, Eng v Ire 2019|62 Comments

The England test team doesn't have many strengths these days. But it can win, and usually does, if the groundsman prepares an archetypal seamer's wickets and the weather Gods feel sympathetic enough to provide overcast skies. This is the brew that's been hiding our general frailties for a few years now. And [...]

24 07, 2019

A New Low

2019-07-24T17:47:51+00:00July 24th, 2019|Ashes 2019, Eng v Ire 2019, Talking Points|58 Comments

Let's start with the positives. Erm. Ollie Stone looked good I suppose. And now for the negatives ... What in the name of Zeus's pubic hair was that? I'm gobsmacked. To get bowled out for 85 in a single session is bad enough. But to get bowled out by Ireland? At home? [...]

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