Author James Morgan

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

Eng v SA 2017
Will The Oval Go Pear Shaped For England’s Debutants?

Greetings everyone. Sorry about my lack of output over the last week or so. I’ve been sunning myself in The Loire – not that there was actually much sun! Thankfully a spot of degustation in Sancerre made up for the crap weather. Thanks to Garry, Daniel and Dave for holding…

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Batsmen Blow It Again

I watched most of day 2 on TV. But I popped on TMS for a few mins in the afternoon when I got the car cleaned. I was lucky enough to hear Geoffrey Boycott off his long run. “The England batsmen were awful. Dreadful. They basically lost the game in…

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Trent Bridge

What a fantastic day. It was test cricket as it should be: movement early on, changes in overhead conditions, quality bowling, brilliant batting, an even contest, and real tension. It made a really refreshing change after a summer of white ball mayhem. The afternoon session was possibly the most engrossing…

The Thursday Throwdown

So what’s been going on this week? England’s women have marched into the semi finals of the World Cup – good work, girls – and the men start the second test against South Africa at Trent Bridge tomorrow. However, the story’s that’s gripped me most over the last few days…

Ray Illingworth’s Dream Job – Cricket Captain 2017 Review

I’ve good news for those who’ve been following Dave Black’s series on International Cricket Captain – you know, the one that tracks the lows and even lowers of Durham’s fictional 1999 season.   Last week Childish Things and Kiss released a new, improved, all bells-and-whistles version of the game. It’s…

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Mo’s The Man

He’s not Graeme Swann. Hell, he’s not even Peter Such. But Moeen Ali is a complete dude. He bowled beautifully in both innings at Lord’s and richly deserved his man of the match award. England might not have won without him. When Mo was first selected by England three years…

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The Lord’s Test

His voice was hoarse. His nose was running. And he was wearing a jumper in temperatures touching 30 degrees. But none of this stopped Joe Root from securing national hero status on day one. It wasn’t Root’s best innings for England. He was understandably a bit loose early on, and…

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England Should Beat South Africa. Just.

Test cricket is back. Thank heavens for that. Has anyone else found the cut and thrust of white ball cricket exhausting? I’m done with eight or ten runs per over. I’m craving something sedate and sophisticated. And I don’t particularly care if it’s slow bordering on the soporific. I want…

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Disappointing Selection Dampens Optimism

When England left India with their tail between their legs, many of us hoped for a new start this summer. With Alastair Cook stepping down from the captaincy, and an effervescent Joe Root leading the side, I hoped we’d see a new and aggressive England side take on South Africa…

The Beeb Is Back – But Is It Enough?

1.1 billion fat ones. That’s what the ECB have just secured for English cricket’s broadcasting rights. Everyone thought the DUP got a good deal from Theresa May, but Harrison and Graves have just walked off with a hundred million quid more. And where’s the bulk of this money come from?…

ODIs & T20
Malan Of War

You’ve got to love it when someone hits a beautiful boundary to score their very first international runs. David Gower did it over 30 years ago, and now another elegant left- hander, Dawid Malan, has done it again. And what a superb shot it was too – a classy pull…

ODIs & T20
Controversy at Taunton

A few words on yesterday’s T20 down in Somerset. Firstly, what a good game it was! The teams might have been experimenting a bit, and trying new players, but it was quite an intense finish. If only Liam Dawson could have hit that last ball for four. If truth be…

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