THE long-awaited Ashes series opened up with a bang this week but for Knowle and Dorridge all-rounder, Nick James, the fun won’t begin until the weekend.
While England and Australia continued their 122-year rivalry in Cardiff’s SWALEC Stadium, James waited patiently to take on his 12th man duties.
The 22-year-old is currently on trial with Glamorgan after his impressive form in the field for Birmingham & District Premier Division leaders K&D and Staffordshire.
But his county are hoping to include him in their side for the final of the M.C.C.A Trophy against Norfolk, on July 22 at the Riverside, Chester-le-Street.
Glamorgan’s Tom Maynard is acting as England’s specialist substitute fielder for the first three days before James takes over for the remainder of the week.
The role infuriated Ricky Ponting during the 2005 series as one of the defining moments of England’s win was when the Australian captain was run out by Gary Pratt at Trent Bridge.
Ponting felt the practice of using fielders that were not in serious contention for the starting side handed the home side an unfair advantage.
Most of the job is taking on the drinks but should an England man get injured, James will fill the void.
And the experience of being amongst England’s elite will do the former Warwickshire man no harm whatsoever.
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