As cool and calm under pressure as they come, James many times has lead Australia to victory. The height of this was his man of the match performance in the 2015 ICC World Cup Final.
James grew up in Launceston, his father Peter played 54 games of First Class cricket for Tasmania. When James finished at Launceston Grammar he moved straight to Hobart in with the Jubb family who he remains very close with to start his professional career.
James was awarded a rookie contract with Tasmania ahead of the 2007/08 Summer and then was a member of the 2008 Australian Under 19 World Cup team. He made both his List A and First Class debut in December 2008 against Queensland. From the Summer of 2010/11 until 2012/13 were 3 breakout years for James, he was the main driving force behind Tasmania making all 3 Sheffield Shield finals, winning two of them with James being Man of the Match in the 2012/13 final. James also took home the Ricky Ponting Medal in all 3 of these seasons as Tasmania’s best player for the year. He received his first International cap in February 2012 in a T20I against India and the following year made his ODI and Test match debuts. As James established himself in the ODI team he quickly got the nickname The Finisher due to his calmness batting with the tail under pressure leading Australia to victory on multiple occasions including Mohali in 2013 against India scoring 64 not out off 29 balls to get Australia home with 3 balls remaining and in 2014 against England at the Gabba where he made 69 not out off 47 balls to get Australia home by 1 wicket with 3 balls remaining.
His greatest individual match was saved for the greatest stage of them all, he was awarded Man of the Match in the 2015 World Cup Final taking 3/36 including the two top run scorers to put the clamps on New Zealand and help Australia to victory. Off the field James has an investment Phat Fish restaurant on Salamanca Place and when cricket commitments allow you can also find him behind the bar in another of his investments, the iconic Shipwright Arms Hotel in Battery Point. If James isn’t behind the bar you would find him playing at the Royal Hobart golf course or out fishing.
I just want to enjoy playing the game.
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