James has been in the BLACKCAPS since 2001, making his ODI debut against Zimbabwe in Taupo in January of that year, followed by his Test debut against Pakistan in March in Auckland. His Twenty20 debut came in 2006 against the West Indies in Auckland. He says every game is special and he is thankful to be part of the BLACKCAPS line up.
Cricket was a huge part of James’ life from a young age. He grew up next to Henderson Park in Wellington and would play in the mornings before going to watch the seniors play in the afternoon.
Not only has he been part of the bowling line up for the BLACKCAPS for many years, he’s also represented the Wellington Firebirds during the domestic season, being a strong player within the team’s bowling attack. Over recent years James has also proven himself to be a well rounded cricketer, with his batting fast becoming a huge strength. He is one of the BLACKCAPS top all-rounders.
James loves living in Wellington and thoroughly enjoys playing at the Basin Reserve. He says although it can get quite windy at the ground, on a good day the Basin is the best ground in the country.
James also had aspirations of being a professional footballer when he was younger, however his heart has always been with cricket and he appreciates the opportunities he’s had over the years to be able to forge a career within the sport.
He also puts down his love of the game to the supporters and wants to thank them for their support. “Make sure you get out there and enjoy the summer of cricket. The HRV Cup will be spectacular!”
Quick fire questions
1. What is your secret talent?
“I can wiggle my ears.”
2. What advice do you have for those wanting to play cricket professionally?
“You get some massive opportunities, so much more than what there was when I started. And you have to have fun.”
3. What do you do in your spare time?
“I enjoy spending time with my wife and son and doing things around the house.”