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.
6 07, 2020

England Favourites … But We’ve Been Here Before

July 6th, 2020|ENG v WI 2020|15 Comments

Series against the West Indies used to be entirely predictable. Viv Richards, Malcolm Marshall and Co turned up, rolled us over, tickled our tummies, and walked away with a comprehensive victory. Series sometimes finished 5-0. Glenn McGrath would’ve approved. However, things began to change in the 1990s. After losing 5-0 in 1984, [...]

1 07, 2020

Jos Buttler Still In Vogue, Naturally

July 1st, 2020|ENG v WI 2020|54 Comments

I don't care much for high fashion. People who wear trendy stuff look like try hards. They're suckers too. Why invest in something (and pay over the odds) just because it boasts a certain label and fits a fad? Call me old fashioned but I measure true value on whether something does [...]

15 06, 2020

What Does The Future Hold?

June 15th, 2020|Talking Points|19 Comments

I've wanted to write a piece about cricket's future, and what the domestic and international game might look like post-coronavirus, for some time now. However, like Jason Roy in The Ashes, I've found it hard to get my timing right. There have been snippets of news but very little that's concrete. It's [...]

9 06, 2020

Who Would You Choose To Bat For Your Life?

June 9th, 2020|Fun|36 Comments

Picture the scene. You're walking down the street, minding your own business, when a black van with darkened windows screeches to a halt alongside you. A gang of masked gunmen rush out, grab your arms and legs, and bundle you into the back. "You're toast gringo" they growl menacingly into your ear [...]

27 05, 2020

Guessing England’s 45

May 27th, 2020|Talking Points|23 Comments

So it looks like the England versus West Indies series might actually take place. Great news! I’m sick of watching re-runs. I find it almost impossible to watch full coverage of matches when I know the result. It’s like watching a predictable Tom Cruise movie. When you know how it’s going to [...]

6 05, 2020

Left Field Lives After Cricket

May 6th, 2020|Fun|18 Comments

You're a professional cricketer whose playing career has finally come to an end. What do you do? Cricket is probably all that you've known. Your A-levels are a distant memory. And even if you went to university that second class history degree doesn't exactly make you a hot commodity in the jobs [...]

27 04, 2020

The Joe Root Dilemma

April 27th, 2020|Player Spotlight|44 Comments

With no live cricket to look forward to, I've spent some time this week looking back. I came across this article I wrote about Joe Root in October 2015, just after he became the fastest English player in the modern era to score 3,000 Test runs. It really made me think. I'd [...]

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