Playing Role - Right-Hand Bat
County - Hampshire & England
Date of Birth - 14 March 1991
Social - Twitter
James’ stylish batting and heavy run-scoring is in high demand all-around the world.
Across all formats, James has made close to 300 appearances and scored over 16,000 runs for Hampshire.
In May 2009 James made his first-class debut for Hampshire in the drawn match against Loughborough University. A month later he was making his County Championship debut at the Rose Bowl.
James had to wait until the 2010 season before recording his maiden first-class and County Championship century. Taking in the sea air at Scarborough, James scored a first innings 180 during a 278 stand for the fourth wicket in the drawn match vs. Yorkshire.
The 2013 season got off to the best possible start for James. In April he made back-to-back centuries against Leicestershire and Loughborough University. Before the season’s end, James posted three further centuries and passed 1000 runs in a season for the first time.
2014 was to be a standout year. James was named vice-captain of Hampshire and T20 captain, he scored over 1500 runs and helped the county to become Division Two county champions.
In October 2015, Hampshire announced James was to be their next captain. It was also revealed he had signed a long-term contract, keeping him at the county until at least 2019.
In January 2019, it was announced that James had signed a new four-year contract with the county.
Joining Sydney Thunder for BBL 6, James played 6 matches over two editions of the tournament. On debut in January 2017 vs. Hobart Hurricanes James made 44 (his highest score for the Thunder) and passed 3000 T20 runs. He scored 149 runs (AVG 28.83) before leaving the GIANTS Stadium based franchise.
Initially overlooked for BBL 8, James joined Sydney Sixers in January 2019 as a straight replacement for Joe Denly. Opener Denly, having to return to England after his selection for the West Indies tour.
Making his debut in January 2019, in the 7 wicket loss to Perth Scorchers, James hit 28 in his first match in magenta and passed the 4000 T20 runs landmark along the way.
During BBL 8, James hit 269 runs in eight matches for the Sixers, with a top score of 75 vs. Brisbane Heat. While the Sixers lost their semi-final to Melbourne Renegades this was to be a period of success for both James and the Sixers, culminating in back-to-back final wins.
Opening the batting with Josh Philippe for BBL 09, James hit 323 runs from 15 innings, helping the franchise to the final. In a rain affected final the Sixers overcame Melbourne Stars to win their second BBL championship.
BBL 10 was to be James’ best yet. He hit 537 runs placing him second on the list for highest run scorer. After scoring a BBL best 98no in the qualifier, James hit a Player of the Match winning 95 in the final win over Perth Scorchers.
James will return to Sydney in 2021-22 for his fourth consecutive BBL with the Sixers.
Drafted by Karachi Kings for the inaugural PSL in 2016, James played on 7 occasions for the Kings, scoring 111 runs with a top score of 44 vs. Peshawar Zalmi.
For the start of PSL 4 James joined the Multan Sultans. Since 2019, he has played close to 20 matches for the Sultans, hitting over 500 runs. In PSL 4 James produced his best batting performance when scoring 84 vs. Lahore Qalandars, he then matched his PSL best in 2021 against Peshawar Zalmi.
During PSL 6, James passed 6500 T20 runs in the match vs. Karachi Kings on 27 February 2021.
James arrived in South Africa in November 2019 straight from England’s IT20 series in New Zealand. After recording his maiden IT20 half-century against New Zealand, James made his debut for Paarl Rocks in the Mzansi Super League.
In his opening game, James hit 86* off the Tshwane Spartans bowlers. In eight innings for the Rocks, James scored 226 runs (AVG. 37.66) – the second highest Rocks run getter in 2019.
The Rocks went on to win the 2019 final. Prior to their success at Boland Park James was again off on his travels, this time to fulfil playing commitments with Sydney Sixers. He left the Western Cape with glowing reviews, James Fortuin (the Rocks CEO) said of James,
“he brought great experience into our team and he played a vital role in getting us to the final”
Under James’ leadership the Brave were the inaugural winners of The Hundred after defeating Birmingham Phoenix in the Lord’s Final.
Heading the Brave run getters rankings with 229 runs, James passed 50 on two occasions and recorded a highest score of 60 against the Phoenix at the Ageas Bowl.
James was selected for the England Lions to tour Sri Lanka (2014) and then South Africa (2014-2015). In 2015, James was selected for the ODI vs Ireland and also the T20 team vs. Pakistan.
James made his test debut vs. Sri Lanka at Headingley in 2016. To date, he has made 13 test appearances for England, making three half-centuries.
James was a member of the victorious 2019 England ODI World Cup squad.
In his nineteenth ODI, James scored his maiden century in England’s 3 wicket defeat of Pakistan at Edgbaston in July 2021.
James has established relationships with: –
Gunn and Moore – Gunn and Moore provide James with the kit and equipment essential for him to deliver the highest levels of performance.
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(Profile Update: 07/09/2021)