July 21, 2003

James fears for the future

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Steve James has admitted that he might not play again after undergoing a fourth operation on his right knee.

James, 35, stepped down as Glamorgan captain last month when it was revealed that he needed surgery on his knee and would be unable to play again this season. But he told the BBC that rather than sort the problem out, the operation has left him fearing for the future.

"The surgeons haven't beat around the bush, they've said it's a 50-50 chance whether I'll play cricket again," James explained. "Naturally my thoughts have turned to retirement, I've got to ready myself for that. If I can get back and have a normal life, that's all I'm really hoping for at the moment.

"It will be a bonus if I can come back and play professional sport for Glamorgan on top of that."