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.
15 05, 2019

The Hundred Branding: A Bag Of Spanners

2019-05-16T16:06:37+00:00May 15th, 2019|Talking Points|29 Comments

Wednesday was a really exhilarating day. Literally tens of people, most of whom were based at ECB HQ, wet themselves with excitement as the new logo for the most anticipated sporting innovation in history (or so we're supposed to believe) was launched. And boy did it live up to the hype - [...]

12 05, 2019

Bonkers

2019-05-12T10:45:08+00:00May 12th, 2019|ODIs & T20, Talking Points|31 Comments

Yesterday's game at the Rose Bowl would've made the authorities purr. It was made to order. England batted first and registered a hefty 373-3 - with golden boy Jos Buttler scoring an extraordinary 110 off just 55 balls - and then Pakistan put up a very respectable fight but eventually fell 12 [...]

10 05, 2019

What About Sam Curran?

2019-05-10T11:54:12+00:00May 10th, 2019|Ashes 2019, Player Spotlight|19 Comments

While all eyes, well most eyes, have been on England's warm-up games against Pakistan, the English players who remained at the IPL have become somewhat forgotten men. One of these young men was Sam Curran, who not long ago was the darling of English cricket. However, he's had a bit of a [...]

8 05, 2019

The One Thing That Could Derail England

2019-05-08T17:06:35+00:00May 8th, 2019|World Cup 2019|24 Comments

The World Cup is only three weeks away. Are you excited? Personally I feel quite nervous already. This is undoubtedly the best chance we've ever had of winning the trophy. We can't blow it. Can we? Unfortunately World Cups, indeed global ODI tournaments in general, haven't been kind to England over the [...]

7 05, 2019

Bring Back The Mavericks

2019-05-07T13:24:22+00:00May 7th, 2019|Nostalgia|30 Comments

Once upon a time cricketers could pretty much do what they liked off the field. Drug testing wasn't so sophisticated, there were no WhatsApp messages, and getting pissed before important games was almost mandatory. Alex Hales would've loved it. Twenty five years ago the public didn't have mobile phone cameras ready to [...]

4 05, 2019

Foakes Saves Our Souls

2019-05-04T15:12:38+00:00May 4th, 2019|World Cup 2019|5 Comments

Well done Ben Foakes. Where would England be without your calm head and sound batting technique, not to mention your first class wicket keeping? Ireland embarrassed England in Dublin yesterday, and probably would have won had they reviewed an LBW shout against Foakes when he was on 37. That would have left [...]

30 04, 2019

Who Should Replace Hales?

2019-04-30T21:21:23+00:00April 30th, 2019|News, World Cup 2019|22 Comments

It just wouldn't be England without some pre-World Cup drama. In previous years we made last minute changes to personnel because, well, the team was a bit crap and the selectors desperately hoped some new faces would turn the tide. This time, however, we're facing a mini crisis because our governing body [...]

29 04, 2019

Not Smart Alex

2019-04-29T11:32:43+00:00April 29th, 2019|Player Spotlight|47 Comments

Oh dear. Where to begin? It emerged on Friday that Alex Hales, who despite losing his place in ODI side remains a key member of the squad, is currently serving a 21 day ban for using recreational drugs. And now news has broken that he's been dropped from the World Cup squad. [...]

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