AuthorJames 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.

How far does the rabbit hole go?

Another day, another row about racist tweets. This time an unnamed 15 year old plus a certain Mr Buttler and Mr Morgan are in the spotlight. From the ECB’s perspective, their heads must have dropped when they saw the names of the players involved. It really couldn’t be worse. Jos has always been Mr Squeaky Clean and a potential captain in waiting. Meanwhile, Eoin is a captain. He’s the inspirational leader of England’s World Cup winners. Oooops. Punishing Ollie Robinson...

Cowards

What a disappointing end to what could’ve been a terrific Test match. New Zealand’s declaration was typically sporting and yet England showed absolutely no interest in going for the runs and entertaining the public. It left David Lloyd lamenting “one of the worst Test matches I’ve ever seen” whilst somewhat predictably bigging up The Hundred. It was therefore a dark day for those who love Test cricket. Why were England so negative? It’s partly because very...

No Stokes. No Balance.

Just some quick thoughts about England’s Test squad for the New Zealand series. What did you make of the squad? At first glance I was pretty happy. Every single one of the players selected deserves their place. But when I started thinking about the makeup of the final XI, the concerns crept in. The problem, of course, is how on earth England are going to field a balanced XI from the 15 names selected by the Ed Smithless braintrust. It’s not really their fault, as it’s...

‘Ed’s Gone

So Ed Smith, the man we’ve come to know as Big ‘Ed, is riding into the sunset on his IPL branded golf buggy. Not too many will shed a tear. Apparently some of the players might even be overjoyed. It seems to me, therefore, that things have come full circle (and not without a hint of irony). The man who was the beneficiary of ECB politics when he was appointed – the right sort of tie, personal friend of Andrew Strauss etc – has now fallen foul of ECB politics. Ashley Giles, whose somewhat...

Losing to India was all part of the plan

I’m writing this a little sheepishly to be honest. Why? Because I don’t want to write this any more than you probably want to read it. One of the reasons why I write so infrequently these days is that my passion for English cricket has diminished considerably. To be frank, I’m almost past caring. However, someone’s got to write a ‘reaction’ to our limp 1-3 surrender in India. So here I am. Somewhat begrudgingly. And I’ll start by simply embedding one of...

Armageddon at Ahmedabad

So that was, erm, interesting. Seventeen wickets in about four hours’ play, more bowled and LBW dismissals than an hour of Phil Tufnell facing Waqar Younis in the nets, five wickets for Joe Root, and an England defeat by 10 wickets inside two days. My head is spinning and hurting in equal measure. Let’s start with that pitch. Was it a shocker? Yes. Was it completely inappropriate for Test cricket? Yes. Was it ironic that the Indians spent the equivalent of a small nation’s GDP...

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