Favourite sports person: Lionel Messi
Favourite band: Oasis, Lifehouse
Favourite food: Most, home-cooked
Favourite car: The one that does the job
Best cricketing moment: my debut for England
Proudest moment: birth of my son Jacob
Favourite film: Old School
Most annoying habit: Catching flies whilst sleeping
Most likely to: be very early
Look alike: Phil Relf
Education: Southlands Comprehensive, New Romney
|Born||27 February 1982||Years of Service||2001 -|
|Squad number||15||Debut||Kent 2001, England 2010|
|Height||6'0||Nicknames||Tredders, Tredman, Pingu, Chad, Jimmy T|
|Best bat||First Class - 123*||Bowl||Right-arm off-spin|
|Best bowl||First Class - 8-66|
James, a Kent man through and through, will captain the county in 2013 after replacing Rob Key over the winter.
The off-spin bowler made his debut for the county in 2001 and has been an integral part of the Kent since ever-since. He has taken nearly 600 wickets for Kent, across all forms of the game, and has also played Test cricket for England, returning match figures of 6-181 against Bangladesh in 2010. That remains his solitary Test cap, but James is still very much part of the England limited-overs squad. During the summer of 2012, he returned fine figures of 3-35 against South Africa at Lord’s as he helped the national side to a six-wicket victory. His reputation as a fine squad member and reliable slow bowler persuaded England to take him on their tour of India over the winter; James earned selection in the England squads across all forms of the game.
Born in Ashford, he will be relishing the chance to skipper his home county and lead a talented group of players forward. His all-round skills are as important as ever to the Kent side with his guile and trickery making him a dangerous proposition in the shorter form of the game and he will be looking to replicate his form of 2009 when the off-spinner claimed 69 championship wickets – prompting his call-up to the England Test side.
The all-rounder is also a talented batsman with three First Class centuries to his name. Last season was a slightly truncated one with bad weather and international call-ups affecting his rhythm but Kent’s new captain remains a high-class performer and will be looking to lead from the front in 2012.
J Reid, last amended January 2013
England, England Lions, England Under-19s, Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).
England A to Malaysia and India 2003-04, England Performance Programme to India 2007-08, England to New Zealand 2008(ODI Squad).
Redland Tigers, Brisbane 2000-2002.