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.
1 04, 2020

Sympathy For The ECB

April 1st, 2020|Talking Points|37 Comments

When our former co-editor Maxie and I established this blog long ago, Maxie wrote on our 'about' page that TFT was generally 'suspicious of authority but supportive of our players'. I never imagined that ten years later, in the midst of a global pandemic, I'd write an article supporting the board and [...]

26 03, 2020

The England Cult Heroes XI

March 26th, 2020|Nostalgia|36 Comments

So what are you up to at the moment? I bet you're bored silly (if you're not feeling absolutely rotten). We're just a couple of days into the UK lockdown and I'm already tired of watching TV, having all my upcoming copywriting projects 'postponed' (code for cancelled) and, perhaps worst of all, [...]

26 03, 2020

Men’s T20 World Cup Remains On Schedule

March 26th, 2020|ODIs & T20|7 Comments

World sport is obviously suffering from a period of extreme uncertainty at the moment, with major competitions and events being cancelled or moved. Perhaps the most notable to be shifted is the 2020 football Euros, which has now been delayed by a full year to accommodate domestic football calendars. With the men’s [...]

20 03, 2020

The Siblings Ashes

March 20th, 2020|Fun|20 Comments

As someone who doesn't have a brother and has never played international cricket – I only have a sister who has no interest in cricket whatsoever – I thought I’d be uniquely qualified to write an article about cricketing brothers who have represented their country. My concept is a simple one. We [...]

16 03, 2020

Cricket Cancelled (Well, Pretty Much)

March 16th, 2020|Talking Points|37 Comments

So that's it folks. Cricket has been cancelled. England have come home from Sri Lanka, pre-season tours have been called off, they're cutting the Pakistan Super Slog short, and the money-spinning IPL is in doubt too. Australia even played New Zealand in an empty stadium on Friday. It all feels completely surreal. [...]

9 03, 2020

Positive Signs

March 9th, 2020|SL v ENG 2020|11 Comments

England have just completed their first warm up game in Sri Lanka. And the good news is that is wasn't a disaster. In fact, it went rather well. We didn't win the 3-day game against a Sri Lanka Cricket XI but as a warm-up it ticked most of the boxes. The first [...]

5 03, 2020

Sri Lanka Tour Preview

March 5th, 2020|SL v ENG 2020|9 Comments

So here we are again. England are back in Sri Lanka and it only seems like five minutes (rather than 14 months) since Joe Root and the lads were last over there. The big question is whether we can expect the same result? I think most people expected England to lose last [...]

2 03, 2020

The Monday Meringue

March 2nd, 2020|Talking Points|12 Comments

Welcome back to the TFT. I hope you had a marvellous weekend. There are a few subjects I'd like to touch on today so I've gone for a bit of a mishmash approach. The first thing we should talk about is the appointment of Ian Watmore as the ECB's new chairman. This [...]

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