Pycroft mythologised cricket as a noble, manly and essentially British activity ("Cricket is essentially Anglo-Saxon, ... Foreigners have rarely imitated us. English settlers everywhere play at cricket; but of no single club have we heard that dieted either with frogs, saur-kraut or macaroni"). His hagiography favourably compared the virtues of Victorian cricket with the disgraceful state of play at the turn of the century where "Lord’s was frequented by men with book and pencil, betting as openly and professionally as in the ring at Epsom, and ready to deal in the odds with any and every person of speculative propensities".
Pycroft was also a cricketer, appearing in four matches now considered as first-class for Oxford University in 1836 and 1838 and in one for a team called "Left-Handers" in 1838. He became a Church of England vicar, and wrote several books, including volumes of autobiography.
- "James Pycroft". www.cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
- "Obituaries". The Times (34523) (London). 13 March 1895. p. 10.