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.

‘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...

VI Day: Victory In India

Well glaze my nipples in honey and call me Ritu. I saw England’s victory in Sri Lanka coming from a mile off but not in my wildest dreams, not even after consuming a mind-bending chilli, did I expect England to walk the first Test in India. Here’s what stood out to me during the first Test. Dom Bess: This tour was always likely to be defined by how well our spinners bowled. And didn’t they do well in Chennai! Dom Bess is turning into the proverbial golden arm. He doesn’t...

Will India’s Youngsters Eclipse Their Illustrious Predecessors?

Today we continue our build up to the 1st Test against India with a look at Rishabh Pant and the other Indian young guns. Thanks to new writer Sebastian Evans for this contribution … India’s stunning victory in Australia marked the maturing of the next batch of supremely talented Indian cricketers. And while they’ve had precociously talented teams in the past, this crop, with Rishabh Pant at its head, might just be the best yet. The annals of Indian cricket have long been marked by...

Not Bad Lads, Not Bad

Morning everyone. It’s James here. I’m temporarily back to comment on England’s victory in the 1st Test against Sri Lanka. You can’t ask for much more than a 7 wicket win away from home – even if the hosts didn’t wake up until the third day. Now before I get into the nitty-gritty, I have a quick confession to make. I didn’t watch all of the Test match. In fact, I missed most of it. One of the reasons that I’ve scaled back my involvement with TFT...

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