Eng v SL 2016
Have That – The 2nd ODI

Yesterday’s ODI was obviously overshadowed by broader political events. So much so, in fact, that I must admit I missed most of the game. Sorry! Therefore I can’t really offer too much insight. Perhaps those who actually watched the action live might share their thoughts in the comments. What’s pretty…

Eng v SL 2016
Six In The City – The 1st ODI

Wow. That was insane. Like many people I turned off yesterday’s match when England capitulated to a pathetic 82-6. I decided to watch a bit of the BBC’s Great Debate instead – which I assumed would be heated discussion about the merits of promoting Joe Root to No.3 in the…

Eng v SL 2016
All Eyes On Eoin

The ODIs start tomorrow. Are you excited? Do you feel like David Boon at a XXXX factory or Giles Clarke in swill? I’ll forgive you if you couldn’t give a full toss. I strongly dislike playing ODIs after test series but that’s life. I’m sad to say that the terrible…

Eng v SL 2016
Are We Nearly There Yet?

I’ve just done an interview for the Vodafone website. I’ll let you know when it’s live. I was asked whether England have done well this year, and whether they’re on course to become the number one side in the world. My answers were ‘yes’ and ‘no’ respectively. I answered the…

Eng v SL 2016
Mills and Malan Called Up

With the fifth day of the 3rd test effectively a washout, the big news yesterday was the announcement of England’s limited overs squads to play Sri Lanka. The ODI squad was pretty much as expected, but the T20 squadron contains a couple of interesting names. First let’s look at the…

Eng v SL 2016

The 3rd Test Thread

This is our thread for the 3rd Test at Lord’s. Please scroll down for our daily reports and feel free to add your comments as the action progresses over the next 5 days. Cheers. After a two week hiatus, test cricket is back. And this one promises to be an…

Talking Points

Who Is Cricket’s Ali?

No, I don’t mean Moeen Ali. I’m talking about Muhammad Ali, the greatest boxer of all time, who sadly passed away on Saturday morning. Mo might have scored a few runs up at Durham, but he’s got a long way to go before he can be compared to the sportsman…


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

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…

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.…


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…