About The Full Toss

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Welcome to The Full Toss Cricket Blog.

As our strap-line says, we are the voice – or at least a voice – of English cricket.

We are the amateur cricketers debating the latest selection dilemma over a pint after the game. We are the Facebook soap-boxers holding court on whether it should be Bairstow or Stokes for the 1st Test. We are the punters who fork out £70 once a year for a day at the cricket.

We don’t get paid for watching cricket, but we love it. During at least one winter tour, we will have followed entire sessions of play via Ceefax page 341, nervously re-entering the room to see if there’s another line of blue on the screen.

We are sceptical about cricket authorities and generally affectionate towards our players. No matter how far ahead England might be in a Test match, we anticipate defeat. We are, perhaps, the grass roots – or at least some of them.

We are hardly the first cricket website to represent this perspective, which is why we stress that The Full Toss is only a voice. Nevertheless, we sense a slight gap in the market.

There are two particular inspirations. Firstly, the blizzard of debate and cricket chatter on Facebook and Twitter during the 2009 Ashes – the way a friend would post a provocative status update, about strategy, selection or predictions, and everyone else would then pile in with their two penn’orth. Our aim is to bring those discussions together under one roof.

Secondly, our growing sense that cricket insiders and professional journalists, for all their indispensable expertise, sometimes misread or overlook the emotions of ordinary followers. A classic example occurred during the fourth innings of the 2009 Oval Test match. The pundits, knowing from personal experience that Australia had no chance of chasing down the target to win, glibly but correctly assumed the result was a foregone conclusion.

At home, it wasn’t quite as simple as that: we still thought England would lose.

  4 comments for “About The Full Toss

  1. Sebastian
    July 6, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Is ‘cunt’ a word commonly heard over the stump microphone?

    • October 25, 2014 at 2:20 pm

      As a woman I find that word more offensive than I can explain. Any man using it against someone else, whether it is about a man or a woman ought to have his mouth washed out with carbolic soap, and that includes Mr Strauss!!!

  2. August 22, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Is there a case for Wisden to develop a ‘Five Cricketers of the ENGLISH Year’ list, that’s different from a ‘Five Cricketers of the Year’ list? To recognise achievement in the English domestic circuit as of a different (higher?) order from achievement in international cricket? I’d made this point a while ago (see link below) but would love to hear from English fans.

    http://ibnlive.in.com/news/cricketnext/cricketer-of-the-year–do-we-need-another-list/371609-78.html

    After all, isn’t placing an international achiever, such as Cook, alongside batsmen who’ve cut it only in the local circuit, a tad unfair? Even if you forget about non-English players, isn’t it unfair even to English players of international calibre? Wisden has long since ceased to be an ‘English’ publication about an ‘English’ game. It has, for many years now, been a global digest about an increasingly global game. So, shouldn’t ‘Five Cricketers of the Year’ be about achievement on the global stage? With a separate list, perhaps, to salute ‘Five Cricketers of the ENGLISH Year’? Right? Wrong?

  3. October 17, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Gentlemen, it would be great to hear from you on the Cricket Blogger Survey. With all your recent activities, you must have a hell of a story to tell and some interesting views on the place of blogging. The link to the survey is below. Hope you can participate. Thanks Chris
    http://chrispscricket.wordpress.com/2014/10/15/the-cricket-blogger-survey/

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