AuthorJames 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.

Rain Jealous As Covid Stops Play During England-South Africa Series

Here’s new writer Dan Flanagan, aka Professor Mohammed Hafeez and Sir Gary Vallance, with his report on the abandonment of England’s recent ODI series. Cricket’s oldest bedfellow was left distraught in Cape Town on Monday evening after the ongoing ODI series between England and South Africa was abandoned due to concerns over coronavirus – rather than the traditional torrential downpour ten minutes before the toss. “I’ve been waterlogging pitches and ruining summer afternoons for...

Time To Have A Blow

Sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. Or so my wise old mum used to say. And, after nearly eleven years of writing about English cricket on this blog, sadly I think I’ve reached that point. Basically the fire has gone out and I need a break. How long this hiatus will last I really don’t know. I might be a few weeks; it might be a few months; it might be more than that. But the truth is that I’ve been finding it harder and harder to find time for TFT. And...

Shaping Up: The Condition Of England’s Test Team

Although the 2020 summer was weird to say the least, one thing was remarkably familiar: England won both their home Test series. Indeed, if one didn’t know there was a global pandemic going on and simply looked at the scorecards, you’d probably assume it was just another routine summer for English cricket. The only thing that wasn’t in the script was losing to Australia in the ODIs as the days grew shorter. The bottom line is that England are still tough to beat in their own...

When (And Where) Will We See England Take The Field Again?

I tried. I really did. But I just couldn’t get excited about the IPL in the end. I know I said I was going to give it a go, and that it promised to be an oasis in a desert of cricketing inactivity, but instead I’ve found myself more interested in watching other sports including, for my sins, the football. Well, I guess one’s team doesn’t beat Liverpool 7-2 every week. With the Mancs also losing their last Premiership fixture 6-1, one wonders whether this is bad karma for...

Is It Time To (Finally) Embrace The IPL?

Regular readers of this blog will know that I’m not an avid T20 watcher. I enjoy it sometimes but I’m a first class cricket bod first and foremost. However, in these crazy Covid times our cricket watching options have suddenly become rather limited. England wrapped up their home summer schedule on Wednesday, and there won’t be any county cricket next month, so what’s left to look forward to? The answer – although traditionalists won’t want to hear it –...

No Choke This Time? Well batted Australia

So that was the international summer that was. It wasn’t perfect by any means but we should probably be grateful that we saw any live action at all. Massive thanks go to the West Indies, Pakistan and Australia too. We’ve actually seen some pretty good cricket at times even if the atmosphere was a tad surreal. Yesterday’s third and final ODI was a case in point. It oscillated like a classic, records were broken, and the Aussies produced something special to win the game. Kudos...

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