Ind v Eng 2016
The 4th Test Spin It To Win It Thread

Welcome to Mumbai Test thread. I’ll be updating this post with daily reports as the game progresses. Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments below. Cheers.  Day Two To borrow an old football cliche, today was a day of two halves. It all went fairly well when England batted -…

Ind v Eng 2016
Is Chef Temporarily Frazzled Or Done?

Trevor Bayliss has been England’s coach since July 2015. Since then we’ve played 25 tests with a generally attacking (or perhaps we should say ‘positive’) approach. Although results have been a little mixed, our players tend to play their best cricket on the front foot. Even Alastair Cook played in a relatively carefree way…

Ind v Eng 2016
Is A Win In Mumbai Pie In The Sky?

It has been pretty quiet over the last few days. A young Lions team has been playing in the UAE, and many observers are still purring over Haseeb Hameed’s rapid rise from embryo to test opener, but that’s about it. I guess this is the calm before the storm -…

Ind v Eng 2016
The Thursday Tartlet

It’s time for our TFT weekly roundup. As always here’s plenty to get our teeth into. And I promise to avoid any ‘I love a good tart’ gags … even though my Dad jokes are getting increasingly hard to resist with age. First of all it has been confirmed that Keaton Jennings,…

Ind v Eng 2016

Sometimes you’ve just got to put your hands up and say “well played India, we were rubbish”. For that, my pedigree chums, was the truth in Mohali. India have been too good for us. Full stop. We always thought this would be a tough tour, and that we’d need to…

Ind v Eng 2016

The 3rd Test Facepalm Thread

Day 3 I’ll just repeat the last thing I wrote yesterday afternoon: “I sense that tomorrow could be the crucial day in the series”. Well, I bloody hope not because India were all over us like a cheap churidar kurta. We struggled to take the last four Indian wickets -…

Talking Points

How A Sweet Tooth Left Du Plessis With A Sour Taste

The big news today is that Faf Du Plessis has been found guilty of ‘ball tampering’. The whole saga strikes me as rather odd. As supporters of a team that once threw jelly beans at opponents, we all knew the practice of sucking sweets was rife. Didn’t the ICC? Or is it…


TFT Talks To Mark Butcher

Back in November 1998, a young Englishman fresh out of uni left these shores to travel around Australia. Obviously it was a complete coincidence that the Ashes was on. On the third day of the first test in Brisbane, he saw another young(ish) Englishman flay McGrath, Fleming, Kasprowicz and MacGill to all corners of the…


Ireland: Testing The Waters

Today we have a guest article by Kevin Galvin, an Irish writer with the Evening Echo and Irish Examiner. He talks about Ireland’s development as a team and their pursuit of test status. It must be incredibly frustrating to be an Ireland supporter right now. Had India got behind the idea…

Best Of TFT

Glorious summer

Some things can not be overhyped. A few events live up to every word of hyperbole. And occasionally our memories do not deceive us – the reality was every bit as good as our recollection. The 2005 Ashes, which began ten years ago this month, were one such passage of time.…

Player Spotlight

About Gary Ballance, Batting and Toffee

“You can’t bat for toffee” a South African gentleman once told me in a club cricket match. At least I think it was toffee. The mind is apt to play tricks, so it may have been some other kind of confectionary or maybe not confectionary at all, and something altogether…

World T20 2016

Never Get Your Hopes Up

Three hours to almost win it. One minute to lose it. I’m not sure I can believe what I just saw. What looked like it was going to be a glorious night for English cricket suddenly turned into an all too familiar kick in the crotch. I suppose we should’ve guessed.…


A Day In The Life Of A Cricket Nut

It’s all been a bit negative around here recently (yes, I realise it’s mostly my fault) so it’s time for a change of pace. Today we have an enjoyable guest post from cricket writer Sam Blackledge. Play it, Sam I need help. I think cricket is taking over my life.…


Two Years On: Phil Hughes Remembered

Although England’s test series against India starts this week (we’ll have plenty more build up in the next 48 hours) it’s important not to forget that Phil Hughes died tragically playing the sport he loved two years ago this month. Here’s a lovely tribute from guest writer Garry White … “I…