James Fuller is a right-arm bowler and right-handed batsman.
He was born in Cape Town, South Africa and has represented Hampshire in all formats since joining the Club in 2018.
A sharp seam bowler and powerful middle-order hitter, Fuller started his professional cricketing career in Otago, New Zealand, before moving to England to play for Gloucestershire in 2011.
The key highlight of his time in Bristol were no doubt the superb hat-trick he claimed against Worcestershire in 2013, as well as Gloucestershire’s 50-over triumph in 2015 – a game in which he claimed two wickets.
A move to Middlesex soon followed in 2016 and Fuller began catching the eye of the Middlesex fans through his strong T20 displays, as well as stating his claim with influential performances in the County Championship.
His contributions in Middlesex’s definitive wins over Hampshire and Somerset helped land them the red-ball title that summer, and such was the nature of his performances, the all-rounder received an England Lions call-up that winter.
Injury prevented Fuller from making a further impact on Middlesex’s success in 2017 before moving to the south coast the following summer.
Fuller made an immediate impact upon arriving at The Ageas Bowl, featuring throughout all three formats during his first full season in 2019, scoring nearly 400 runs and taking 15 wickets whilst cementing a middle-order batting slot and middle-overs bowling role.
His contributions helped Hampshire reach a second successive List A final, with late-innings runs a particular strength, something that was showcased perfectly as he struck a majestic 55* at Lord's in the competition curtain-closer.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a truncated 2020 domestic season, it was certainly one to remember for Fuller as he became the 15th player to record a hat-trick for Hampshire with an incredible spell against Surrey in the Bob Willis Trophy.
A positive Vitality Blast campaign followed hot-on-the-heels of that red-ball performance, as he topped the list of Hampshire run-getters in last summer’s Vitality Blast.