05 February 2014
Wednesday 6 June 2007
James Kirtley Blogs On 2007 Season
Kirtley has had a roller coaster of a career which started when he joined Sussex County Cricket Club at the age of 16. During his career Kirtley has played for both the England A’s, the One Day Team and the England Test Side against South Africa until his career took a crashing turn as his bowling action was found to be “illegal” by the ECB.
Kirtley began a six-month course of training to re-design his game completely in an experience that was both physically and mentally exhausting. Unsure of how his game would survive with a six month break from top level sports, Kirtley returned to his club, winning back his place in the first team and being appointed vice-captain.
Kirtley was vindicated in 2006 with a stunning season which saw him almost single-handedly win the Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy for Sussex after a disastrous opening for the team, culminating in a superb 5-27 and being named Man of the Match.
The dream story seems to go on for Kirtley, with a call up on 19th February 2007 to re-join the England A’s, four years after he was last with the team.
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