James Kirtley

Country: England
Born: January 10, 1975, Eastbourne, Sussex
Height: 6ft
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast medium
Playing role: Bowler

James Kirtley Bio

Robert James Kirtley, commonly known as James Kirtley, is a former English cricketer known for his swing bowling abilities. Born on January 10, 1975, in Eastbourne, East Sussex, England, Kirtley represented his country at the international level and enjoyed a successful county career with Sussex. Standing tall at 6 feet 3 inches, Kirtley possessed a slim but determined frame, which belied his fierce competitiveness on the cricket field.

Kirtley was renowned for his ability to swing the ball at a quick pace, making him a valuable asset for any team. His run-up to the crease was a thing of beauty, characterized by a straight path and a sudden wrench of his back during the delivery action. Despite facing questions about the legality of his bowling action throughout his career, Kirtley’s dedication and resilience kept him pushing forward.

Before making his international debut, Kirtley underwent rigorous scrutiny by biomechanics experts and was cleared by an eight-man ECB panel. However, suspicions were raised once again by Colonel Naushad Ali, the match referee, right after his debut in a one-day international against Zimbabwe in Harare in October 2001. Undeterred, and with the backing of both Sussex and England management, Kirtley continued to pursue his dream of representing his country.

In 2003, Kirtley finally achieved his Test debut against South Africa at Trent Bridge, leaving an indelible mark by bowling England to victory with impressive second-innings figures of 6 for 34. Despite this success, he was initially left out of the subsequent tours of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, only to be called as a replacement for the injured James Anderson. Kirtley ended up playing in the final two Tests, showcasing his resilience and determination to make the most of every opportunity.

Throughout his international career, Kirtley faced challenges due to the emergence of Steve Harmison and Simon Jones, who surpassed him in terms of pace and skill. Despite this setback, he continued to excel at the domestic level and was a key figure in Sussex’s victory in the 2006 C&G final, where he shone with exceptional figures of 5 for 27.

Although Kirtley received a surprise recall to the England team for the Twenty20 World Championship in South Africa, his international comeback was short-lived. He featured in only one match and bowled a single over, which proved costly against Australia. Gradually, Kirtley’s appearances in first-class cricket for Sussex decreased, and he transitioned into becoming a one-day specialist. Nevertheless, he continued to showcase his skills as a fine performer until his retirement from professional cricket in 2010.

Outside of cricket, Kirtley has shown himself to be a dedicated and disciplined individual. He was known for maintaining a solid fitness record and was highly regarded by his teammates and coaches for his hard work and professionalism.

Despite some controversies surrounding his bowling action, James Kirtley’s unwavering determination and ability to swing the ball at pace marked him as a special talent in English cricket. His contributions to the sport continue to be remembered by fans and fellow players alike, and he remains an important figure in the history of English cricket.

James Kirtley Career Stats

James Kirtley Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 4 7 1 32 12 5.33 129 24.8 0 0 1 1 3 0
T20Is 1 1 1 2 2* - 4 50 0 0 0 0 0 0
ODIs 11 2 0 2 1 1 11 18.18 0 0 0 0 5 0
FC 170 231 76 2040 59 13.16 - - 0 4 - - 60 0
List A 260 94 50 447 30* 10.15 - - 0 0 - - 71 0
T20s 70 21 13 33 11* 4.12 60 55 0 0 3 0 18 0

James Kirtley Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 4 7 1079 561 19 6/34 8/114 29.52 3.11 56.7 0 1 0
T20Is 1 1 6 17 0 - - - 17 - 0 0 0
ODIs 11 11 549 481 9 2/33 2/33 53.44 5.25 61 0 0 0
FC 170 - 31915 16607 614 7/21 - 27.04 3.12 51.9 - 29 4
List A 260 - 11367 9135 395 6/50 6/50 23.12 4.82 28.7 14 9 0
T20s 70 68 1252 1674 64 4/22 4/22 26.15 8.02 19.5 1 0 0

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