James Hopes is a fast medium pacer along with aggressive, thrilling batting which has been a matter of shuffle in the Queensland player order. He has constantly proved his abilities at regular intervals by scoring five Pura Cup centuries.During the period 2007-2008 James came to terms with his busiest campaign of 24 ODIs (One Day International) by playing in all the matches. He is a known to be a fighter and even while he was the opener in both the games of CB series. He has also proved his productivity by scoring 63 off 80 balls in the second match James would generally bring breakthrough in every match and his versatile skills were appreciated and commended by the team. His talent caught the eyes of the IPL franchise King’s XI Punjab. He proved to be a fine contributor to the opening season of IPL. Using his bowling as a main defense against domestic competition during 2005-06 he managed to grab 15 wickets at an average of 18.33 in the ING Cup and 16 at 22.56 but couldn’t manage to keep the momentum on in the international arena.
He played 8 ODI matches though he could not take more than one wicket at a time. His batting definitely showed improvements with a score of 43 against Sri Lanka. He was not included in the team at the end of VB series and tour to South Africa but soon things worked in his favor when Watson suffered health problem in Bangladesh and James got replaced in the Queensland team.
James was excluded from the national contract list and was told to make an impression in the interstate competition. Hopes certainly proved his point in 2006-07 by scoring 553 runs and grabbing 23 wickets in the Pura cup. He also managed to capture a season high of 20 wickets and a century on the first day in the FR cup. Hopes was finally put on standby for the world cup when his teammate was injured, rising hope into international cricket scenario.
James Hopes played in 36 One day Internationals and scored 499 runs in these at a batting average of 22.68. he hit 1 fifty, 43 fours and 1 sixer and took 11 catches. He bowled 1259 deliveries and conceded 884 runs while taking 27 wickets. His economy rate was 4.21.