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.
18 09, 2019

Evaluating Bayliss: Is 5/10 Fair?

2019-09-18T14:13:20+00:00September 18th, 2019|Talking Points|25 Comments

We need to talk about Trev. As Bayliss waved goodbye to English cricket at the end of The Oval test it suddenly struck me how little we've talked about him over the last four years. We've talked players, we've talked ECB chairmen, we've talked CEOs, we've talked selectors, but Bayliss has been [...]

17 09, 2019

Stick Or Twist? – Post Ashes Edition

2019-09-17T12:49:44+00:00September 17th, 2019|Ashes 2019|39 Comments

The end of the English summer is a difficult time for all of us. We pack our kitbags away in the loft or garage - inevitably forgetting to unpack that pair of sweaty socks from the last match - and we start questioning the meaning of life without cricket. This is also [...]

16 09, 2019

Small Consolation?

2019-09-16T14:14:03+00:00September 16th, 2019|Ashes 2019|20 Comments

As expected England completed their consolation victory over the Aussies at The Oval yesterday. It was never really in doubt. Parallels with Headingley were always misplaced because the pitch at Leeds seemed to improve as the game went on. This surface, on the other hand, was a good traditional cricket wicket. There [...]

14 09, 2019

Joe Denly

2019-09-14T19:21:04+00:00September 14th, 2019|Ashes 2019|12 Comments

I honestly thought he'd get there. He was just six runs short - that's one top edged Pietersen hook off Brett Lee away - from scoring a maiden test hundred. It was impossible not to feel completely gutted for the bloke. I like Denly. Everyone's warmed to Jack Leach because he's an [...]

13 09, 2019

Rare Ascendancy

2019-09-13T19:13:49+00:00September 13th, 2019|Ashes 2019|31 Comments

Oh what could have been. That's my overriding thought at the moment. England bowled really well today and we should win the 5th test from here. The holes in the Australian batting line up seemed wider than Kings Canyon in Northern Territory. If only we'd got our collective act together earlier in [...]

9 09, 2019

Ham-fisted and Hamstrung (It Was Always Likely To End This Way)

2019-09-09T13:33:53+00:00September 9th, 2019|Ashes 2019|72 Comments

So there was no miracle this time. Just inevitability. Our batsmen did their best but the mountain was insurmountable. Another team, with another batting line-up, might have saved the day. But our guys were ultimately undone by their own frailties. They showed tremendous fight, and made Australia work hard, but unfortunately they [...]

7 09, 2019

Surely Our Number’s Up This Time?

2019-09-07T20:12:05+00:00September 7th, 2019|Ashes 2019|33 Comments

So I've had a couple of beers. I've got a third on the go. And it's time for me to update the blog. I doubt this will be my most coherent effort but the time feels right. After all, the Ashes feel like they're slipping away once again. We've been here before, [...]

5 09, 2019

Is The Writing On The Wall Again Already?

2019-09-05T18:50:46+00:00September 5th, 2019|Ashes 2019|58 Comments

Our chances of winning the Ashes diminished considerably today. In fact they probably halved. England need to win either this test match or the one at The Oval to wrestle the urn back from the antipodean anti-heroes. And, after two days play in Manchester, it seems as plain as the nose on [...]

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