James Brayshaw

James Brayshaw


3/10/1975, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Jim Brayshaw
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James grew up with celebrity and, as a consequence, he's cautious about letting it take over his life. His father, Ian Brayshaw, was one of Western Australia's best-known cricketers and the last Australian bowler to take all 10 wickets in an innings. Cricket legends Dennis Lillee and Rod…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • As at 2007, James' father, Ian, was the last Australian bowler to take all 10 wickets in an innings.

    • James completed a journalism cadetship at the Community Newspaper Group in Western Australia.

    • James was a right handed batsman and a right-arm medium paced bowler.

    • In 2005, James commentated the ING Cup on radio.

    • James is the president of the Kangaroos AFL football club. After they lost the 1998 AFL Grand Final, James lost a bet and was covered in body paint in the colours of the Adelaide team.

    • During the 2006 AFL finals, Holden advertised by way of a giant blimp hovering over the MCG which cast a shadow over the field at times. James continually referred to the blimp as the 'Toyota blimp', with Toyota being the AFL's major brand partner.

    • In 1989, James played cricket in the Lancashire league in England.

    • James was a 1st class Australian cricket batsman with a career 4934 runs and an average of 42.53 runs. He played 75 first-grade cricket games for Western Australia and South Australia and was part of a winning Sheffield Shield team twice in his cricketing career. He retired from professional cricket in 1997.

    • James' brother, Mark, played football in the AFL for North Melbourne and was CEO of Richmond during 2001 to 2002.

    • In 2006, James co hosted the Commonwealth Games with Gary Lyon.

    • When James was 15, he started getting into trouble at school and his father sent him to live with fellow cricketer and good friend John Inverarity. John was headmaster of a private school in Adelaide, and the time James spent with him saw his grades improve dramatically.

    • Cricket legends Dennis Lillee and Rod Marsh were regular visitors to James' home in Perth as he grew up.

    • James' wife, Sarah, breeds and competes Australian stock horses.

    • James and his wife, Sarah, have three children - sons, Jonathan, 9, and Henry, 6, and George, 1. At at 2007, they are expecting their fourth child.

    • James is a commentator of both cricket and football in Australia.

    • James is a former news reader, working for the National Nine News and Seven Nightly News in Adelaide, as well as radio reporting on SA FM Breakfast Sports.

    • James' sister, Sally, was tragically killed in a freak accident on September 21st, 2006, when she was crushed to death by bricks that fell from her garage.

  • Quotes

    • James: (on his move to MMM radio station) A guy not many people had heard of from Adelaide was a big leap. It was a baptism of fire and a pretty stressful time because we weren't rating very well then, either.

    • James: (on commentating AFL Grand Finals) Grand finals are different, especially on radio. I don't get nervous as such, but the temptation on radio is to probably yell too much. Listening back to the tapes, my first couple of grand finals I fell into that trap a bit.

    • James: Calling cricket really is a different style of calling to footy. There is a lot of space to fill between balls and you're constantly looking for interesting things to contribute. I'd love to do more, it's a great fun environment. I mean, sitting next to Richie Benaud and calling is just a huge buzz.

    • James: (on commentating) You just can't talk serious footy for six hours, it'd drive you nuts. So we try to have some fun for the first two hours. People want to laugh and be entertained. When the game starts we describe the game, but we're not great at being serious, so we have to take the piss a bit.

    • James: (on his new property in South Australia) I love the fact the house is 400 metres off the road and that only people I like come to visit.