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.
20 02, 2020

Short Of Greatness: Why Hasn’t England Produced An All-Time Great Test Cricketer For Decades?

2020-02-20T14:22:18+00:00February 20th, 2020|Talking Points|50 Comments

I have a confession to make. I can't deny it anymore. I'm as English as a cup of tea in Buckingham Palace, and I’ve supported the England cricket team through thick, thin, and thinner, but it’s time to face the uncomfortable truth: my country hasn’t produced an all-time great cricketer for decades. [...]

12 02, 2020

Hundred Ticketing Farce. Well, What Did You Expect?

2020-02-12T17:20:17+00:00February 12th, 2020|County Cricket, The Hundred|19 Comments

First we had Andrew Stauss's tactless 'mums and kids' comment. Then we had Tom Harrison's ill-advised and rather defensive claim that The Hundred wasn't for existing cricket fans. Soon afterwards we had that laughable launch ad with a picture of an all-male audience of twenty-somethings at an American rap concert. And then [...]

11 02, 2020

Uh-Oh, Keaton’s Back.

2020-02-11T20:13:49+00:00February 11th, 2020|SL v ENG 2020|34 Comments

Today only one line of questioning is pertinent. Do you like horses? And if you like horses do you fancy them on particular courses? If your answer is 'yes' then you're probably a fan of Keaton Jennings's recall and consider Ed Smith a kindred spirit. If, like me, you don't bet on [...]

5 02, 2020

Oh Well

2020-02-05T08:14:56+00:00February 5th, 2020|SA v ENG 19/20|13 Comments

‘Oh well’. It’s funny how reactions to ODI defeats are so much milder than Test disasters. Had this been a 5-day game we’d probably all be calling for blood. ‘Useless twonks’ etc. This is nothing new, of course. ODIs outside of World Cups don’t really matter much. The players might whisper it [...]

4 02, 2020

Mo? No

2020-02-04T10:28:17+00:00February 4th, 2020|Player Spotlight|18 Comments

I'm going to hate writing every single word of this article. Why? Because I love Moeen Ali. As a Worcestershire fan I've seen him develop from a promising youngster into a fully fledged international player. And he's great to watch. I've always been a sucker for elegant cricketers. However, no matter how [...]

30 01, 2020

Athers’ Finest Hour

2020-01-31T09:50:59+00:00January 30th, 2020|Nostalgia|5 Comments

Mike Atherton Johannesburg 1995. These words bring back so many memories. New writer Matthew Sheldon was moving house when he rediscovered approximately ten hours of footage of the game on VHS. He dutifully watched it back and was inspired to write this piece. What an innings. What an opener. Athers, you absolute [...]

29 01, 2020

Stick Or Twist: Post-South Africa Edition

2020-01-29T09:59:36+00:00January 29th, 2020|SA v ENG 19/20|38 Comments

The score 3-1 has a lovely ring to it. It says 'decisive' and it says 'comfortable'. However, whilst some England players have cemented their places for the foreseeable future - which in English cricketing parlance simply means 'the next series' - others will be feeling distinctly uncomfortable. Jos Buttler, for example, will [...]

27 01, 2020

Job Done

2020-01-27T18:19:57+00:00January 27th, 2020|SA v ENG 19/20, Test Cricket|34 Comments

So that was that. England wrapped up victory on day 4 at The Wanderers with consummate ease. There was no dramatic "they think it's all over" moment because this series was effectively won at Port Elizabeth. However, England still needed to apply the finishing touches in Johannesburg, and we did so in [...]

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