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.
17 01, 2020

Great White Pope

2020-01-17T17:21:57+00:00January 17th, 2020|SA v ENG 19/20|31 Comments

Ladies and gentlemen, I’m pleased to report that we’ve found ourselves a batsman. And I can’t even think of any caveats. There’s no apparently flakiness, no hint of technical frailties, no suggestion of limitations (he plays well through the offside and legside, and off front foot and back) and absolutely no reason [...]

15 01, 2020

Wood, Archer, Woakes, Or Overton?

2020-01-15T16:10:45+00:00January 15th, 2020|SA v ENG 19/20|11 Comments

Are you ready for Port Elizabeth? Personally I'm raring to go. It's been almost ten days since Newlands and I'm beginning to crave some of the good stuff. Let's hope for another enthralling contest that convinces the authorities to ditch this 4-day Tests idea. Speaking of 4-day Tests, the MCC made a [...]

14 01, 2020

The All Elegance XI

2020-01-15T10:18:26+00:00January 14th, 2020|Nostalgia|67 Comments

Pure class. The following XI is unadulterated, yummy, blissful class. I don't necessarily care how many runs they scored; this is all about how not how many. In fact, I'd rather bank a pretty twenty scored by one of these stylish cricketers than all 7,000 of Steve Smith's Test runs. The following [...]

11 01, 2020

On Ballance

2020-01-11T20:38:42+00:00January 11th, 2020|Player Spotlight|23 Comments

How many England qualified batsmen average better than 47 in first class cricket with 40 centuries and 51 fifties - a conversation rate that would make Joe Root turn an Elphaba shade of green with envy? I'll tell you how many. None. And how many England qualified batsmen with four test centuries [...]

5 01, 2020

Marching On – Day 3 at Cape Town

2020-01-05T18:26:18+00:00January 5th, 2020|SA v ENG 19/20|20 Comments

The Barmy Army were singing, Romesh & Rob were watching, and England’s batsmen were laughing. I thought our lead might be approaching 300 by the end of day three, but never in my wildest dreams did I anticipate the loss of just four wickets. Today went swimmingly, and South Africa look sunk. [...]

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