Alastair Cook: Better Than Tendulkar Or Worse Than Mark Butcher?

He has just become the first Englishman to score ten thousand test runs, but the affection many English cricket supporters feel for Alastair Cook can’t be measured by statistics alone. He’s a middle-class hero, the embodiment of all that is quintessentially English: tough but unassuming, resilient but always polite, handsome…

Eng v SL 2016
The 2nd Test Thread

So here we go again. It’s time for the most eagerly awaited test match since last week. Will the weather hold? Will Nick Compton get off the mark? Will Alastair Cook score the twenty runs he needs to reach 10,000? And will Sri Lanka make it past lunch on Sunday?…

Eng v SL 2016
Woakes or Ball?

The news on Ben Stokes’ injury isn’t great. He’ll need an operation for a cartilage tear and will miss six weeks’ action. That means he’s out of the Sri Lanka super series but should hopefully return for the games against Pakistan. Although some people are freaking out about the injury…

Eng v SL 2016
We Really Are A Miserable Lot

When England crushed Australia mercilessly at Trent Bridge last summer, England fans celebrated ecstatically. The tourists just couldn’t cope with our rampant pace attack. Stuart Broad put in a career defining performance. Everything was rosy. Although it wasn’t the strongest Aussie team of all time – they showed no fight and…

Eng v SL 2016
The 1st Test Thread

Morning all. I’ve set up this thread so people can discuss the 1st test as it ebbs and flows. I’ll be updating it with reports as I go along. Instead of doing individual daily reports I’ll post everything here. It’s a bit of an experiment to see what works best. I can see…

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.…

Talking Points


We don’t often discuss other sports on TFT. Cricket has more than enough highs and lows to occupy our time. However, Leicester City’s bizarre triumph in the football is a topic that should intrigue all sports fans. It’s the kids’ movie with a totally unbelievable plot that came true. In…


The Full Toss Meets Devon Malcolm

At one point I didn’t think I’d live to tell this tale. The venue was the Lord’s Academy. The bowler was Devon ‘you guys are history’ Malcolm, and the batsman was, erm, little old me. And to think that I actually volunteered. The occasion was a promotional event for Play…


Do The Maths: 4 Points For A Test Is Not Enough

At first I was incredulous. Then I was angry. Yesterday we were told that Sri Lanka’s tour of England will be decided by a points system – an idea I initially supported when it was floated a few weeks ago. Although I’m a purist at heart, I recognised that something…

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

James Taylor Forced To Retire

This is so sad. James Taylor, one of the best young batsmen in England (in all formats), has been forced to retire at just 26 years of age. He missed Notts’ recent game against MCCU with what doctors initially thought was a virus, but tests have revealed a much more sinister…

SA v Eng 2015/16

Let the Carnage Commence – ODI Series Preview

The ODIs at the end of test series are a bit like doing your tax return. You watch them out of a sense of duty more than anything else. They’re dull as dishwater and there’s usually some bad news at the end. A heavy series defeat is much like receiving a huge bill…


The Gods Of The Game

There’s not a lot going on this morning to be honest. We’re all waiting for today’s T20 to begin. So in the meantime he’s a a bit of light entertainment from Phil Ryan, who seems to have gone all Shakespearean on us … Bat. Check. White floppy sun hat. Check. Don’t…


Michael Clarke and Mitchell Johnson – Hyperbolic Nonsense?

Before we steam headlong into the World T20, we’ve got a change of pace for you. Over the next few weeks guest writer Sam Cox will be asking whether certain cricketers are worthy of a place in cricket’s hall of fame. He kicks things off today with a piece about  Michael Clarke…