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Welcome to TFT, one of the UK’s longest serving cricket blogs. We’ll be here throughout the year to debate, moan, and occasionally rejoice about the England cricket team. If something’s bothering you, whether it’s selection, governance, or the cost of a pint, don’t hesitate to get in touch. You don’t need to be a professional writer or copywriter, just a fan with something to say. Email james@thefulltoss.com for more info. Cheers.

2409, 2018

Top 10 Worst Cricket Commentators

By | September 24th, 2018|Categories: Fun|60 Comments

Today we welcome new writer Alan Giggs. I imagine he feels a lot better after getting this off his chest ... Cricket has coursed through the veins of Alan Giggs (no relation) veins since the age of 8, when I started following the England team. Unfortunately, the first series I remember was the 1989 Ashes series against Australia. And it [...]

2109, 2018

That Test Squad

By | September 21st, 2018|Categories: SL v Eng 2018, Test Cricket|56 Comments

So then. Let's sharpen those knives. It's what I'm hear for. And presumably it's what you're here for too. It's disembowel Ed Smith time again. Let's skewer those funky left-field selections, and dismantle the methodology behind them. But there's just one problem this time. As a longtime blogger I know what I hate, and I don't hate this test squad. [...]

1909, 2018

The New Bothams: The Team That Nearly Was

By | September 19th, 2018|Categories: Nostalgia|17 Comments

Today I'd like to introduce a new TFT guest writer. His name is James Wilson. He's a cricket author and former lawyer. I enjoyed this, and I think you will too ... Peter Jackson Eastwood’s entertaining feature on dibbly dobbler medium pacers is a reminder that cricket fans, especially English ones, have always had a soft spot for a decent [...]

1709, 2018

The ECB Don’t Need The Hundred. They Need To Be Bold With The Blast

By | September 17th, 2018|Categories: County Cricket, ODIs & T20, Talking Points|25 Comments

Worcestershire triumphed at Edgbaston on Saturday, defeating the mighty Lancashire in the semis and then much fancied Sussex (Jofra Archer and all) in the final. It was a fairytale in many ways because Worcs have never been to finals days before, had the youngstest team in the competition, and were missing their overseas batsman Callum Ferguson. Worcs' stars were mostly [...]

1409, 2018

England Player End Of Term Reports

By | September 14th, 2018|Categories: Eng v Ind 2018, Test Cricket|30 Comments

Surrey won the championship title yesterday after beating luckless Worcestershire at New Road. As a Worcs fan it makes me sad, as we're probably headed back to the second division despite playing well at times this year. However, one has to admit that Surrey are worthy champions. What's more, they've done things the right way. Yes they've brought in the [...]

1109, 2018

Jimmy Anderson: Officer Class? No. World Class? Most Definitely

By | September 11th, 2018|Categories: Player Spotlight|45 Comments

Jimmy Anderson prefers beer to wine. He happier with a tinny than a Tempranillo. In fact, he probably only knows two varieties of wine: white and red. It won’t get him far in ECB circles. But his career has certainly endeared him to England supporters and connoisseurs of vintage cricketers around the world. Jimmy today surpassed Glenn McGrath’s record total [...]

1009, 2018

Ed Smith Ties Himself In Knots: The TMS Interview

By | September 10th, 2018|Categories: Talking Points|62 Comments

Apologies for not writing about days 2 & 3 of the test match. It's a dead rubber, so it's not particularly compelling unless you're caught up in the Alastair Cook storyline, and I've been otherwise engaged with family and other sports. In fact, news is just reaching me that Cook has indeed completed his ton. Well done him. The fact [...]

709, 2018

And Then Came The Evening Session: Day 1 at The Oval

By | September 7th, 2018|Categories: Eng v Ind 2018, Test Cricket|16 Comments

It was all going swimmingly in the morning. TMS were even predicting a day 5 finish. The pitch looked so tame. There was no pace, no swing, no sting. It was almost Melbourne 2017ish. And everyone assumed it was just a matter of time before Alastair Cook signed off his test career the way he started it: with a ton. [...]

509, 2018

The Spin, Issue 3

By | September 5th, 2018|Categories: County Cricket|5 Comments

The first Lancashire fanzine for more than 25 years has proved to be a great success. Last week we published the third and final edition of the season and hope to reach more than 2,000 readers. Sales at Lancashire's crunch game with Worcs at Southport were amazing. It’s been a hard road with a lot of mileage put in on [...]

309, 2018

Chef Finally Gets Out Of The Kitchen

By | September 3rd, 2018|Categories: Player Spotlight|75 Comments

Something just wasn't right at Southampton. On the first day Alastair Cook, who for so long has embodied focus and stoicism at the crease, poked at a wide ball outside off stump and guided it straight to third slip. It was a tired shot; it was a shot that said "I don't have the mental strength for this anymore". And [...]

The TFT Interviews

From Freddie to the original FEC. We've spoken to some great people over the years.

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 [...]

By | November 7th, 2016|Categories: Interviews, News|17 Comments

An Evening With Nasser Hussain

We arrived at the Grace Gate at Lord's. The ground was a hive of activity. Graham Gooch strolled by, shoulders rolling and head bowed in that familiar fashion, and then the penny dropped: it was corporate and media day ahead of the Royal London Cup final between Warwickshire and Surrey. [...]

By | September 9th, 2016|Categories: Interviews, News|14 Comments

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 [...]

By | May 16th, 2016|Categories: Interviews, News|8 Comments

Ask Hoggy: 20 Questions With Matthew Hoggard

Last week I had the opportunity to ask the legendary Matthew Hoggard some questions. Some were serious and others were, well, not quite so serious. I think you'll enjoy his answers. Hoggy is currently plying his trade as an after dinner speaker. He's one of the leading cricket speakers on the circuit. I certainly beats running [...]

By | March 23rd, 2016|Categories: Interviews, News|7 Comments

How To Save Cricket – Our Interview With Jarrod Kimber

You've seen him on Cricinfo's Polite Enquiries. You're about to see him in Death of a Gentleman. Now you can hear Jarrod Kimber's passionate and pertinent views on the future of cricket here on The Full Toss. The only drawback: you'll have to suffer my vapid tones at the same time. Sorry about that. [...]

By | August 4th, 2015|Categories: Interviews, News, Off Field Issues, PakvEng2015|17 Comments