Steve James (cricketer)

Stephen Peter James (born 7 September 1967) is an English journalist and former cricketer who played two Test matches for England in 1998,[1] making 71 runs in four innings.

Steve James
Personal information
Full nameStephen Peter James
Born (1967-09-07) 7 September 1967 (age 53)
Lydney, Gloucestershire, England
BowlingRight-arm medium
International information
National side
Test debut18 June 1998 v South Africa
Last Test27 August 1998 v Sri Lanka
Domestic team information
1989–1990Cambridge University
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class List A
Matches 2 245 238
Runs scored 71 15,890 7,040
Batting average 17.75 40.63 34.50
100s/50s 0/0 47/58 7/49
Top score 36 309* 135
Catches/stumpings 0/– 173/– 60/–
Source: Cricinfo, 11 July 2020

James was captain of Glamorgan for three seasons before retiring in 2003 after 17 seasons with the club, aged 35. He played a total of 245 first-class matches, making 15,890 runs at a batting average just above 40, with a total of 47 centuries and a highest score of 309 not out against Sussex in 2000 – which is the Glamorgan record highest score.[2] He scored more than 1,000 runs in a season nine times, with his two most prolific seasons following each other – 1,766 runs in 1996 was followed up with 1,775 runs in 1997, which led to his selection for the England A team before graduating to Test level the following season.

James also played two seasons of domestic cricket in Zimbabwe for Mashonaland in 1993/94 and 1994/95.

Since retirement, he has made a career as a journalist, initially covering cricket and rugby for The Sunday Telegraph and occasionally writing for The Daily Telegraph.[3] He was removed by the paper just before Christmas 2016,[4] and now writes for The Times.

Rugby careerEdit

James was also a successful rugby player with Lydney R.F.C. mainly at the full back position. In a career spanning the 1985/86 to 1995/96 seasons he scored 140 points, including 31 tries, in 81 games.[5]


  1. ^ "Late bloomers: Joe Denly joins England's list of 30-plus debutants". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
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