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The Full Toss

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.

1607, 2019

The Greatest Game – But Not The Greatest Rules

By |July 16th, 2019|Categories: Talking Points, World Cup 2019|20 Comments

James Wilson, New Zealand supporter and author of Court and Bowled: Tales of Cricket and the Law, is back. Here's his take on that controversial final.  Twenty years ago, Australia and South Africa played what was then widely acclaimed as the greatest one day international of all time, when they tied in the semi-final of the 1999 World Cup. There [...]

1507, 2019

The Greatest Game. And A Great Achievement.

By |July 15th, 2019|Categories: Talking Points, World Cup 2019|86 Comments

Immediately before yesterday’s final, Channel 4 showed highlights of the 2005 Ashes – a tussle frequently dubbed as The Greatest Series. Afterwards they went on to broadcast probably the greatest white ball game of all time. The 2019 World Cup final will live long in the memory as the game that finished in a tie twice: the main 50 overs [...]

1107, 2019

World Cup Final Here We Come

By |July 11th, 2019|Categories: ODIs & T20, World Cup 2019|38 Comments

I won’t ask you to boot up your phone and laptop cameras, but I wish you could see the beaming smile etched across my face. There’s nothing better than destroying / obliterating / absolutely tanking the Aussies, and to do it in a World Cup semi final is all the sweeter. England were brilliant today and Australia were woeful. It [...]

507, 2019

Newsround

By |July 5th, 2019|Categories: News|36 Comments

It's the quiet before the storm. The World Cup semi finalists are known, the recent round of Championship matches has finished, and there isn't a controversy in sight. Somebody smoke some drugs or look out a window quick! We've got precious little to talk about. There was one morsel of news that caught my eye today though. Sky have announced [...]

307, 2019

Semi Finals Here We Come

By |July 3rd, 2019|Categories: World Cup 2019|41 Comments

You can relax now. At least for a few days. England are through to the semis after a comfortable win against a sloppy New Zealand team that never really showed up. We batted really well at the outset (when the pitch was at its best) and then bowled really well to seal the win. Thank **** for that! Today was [...]

107, 2019

Still Alive

By |July 1st, 2019|Categories: ODIs & T20, World Cup 2019|46 Comments

What a weekend of cricket. I'll start by quickly mentioning the Pakistan and Afghanistan contest, which was one of the best ODIs I've seen in ages. Although I feel desperately sad for Afghanistan, who really should have won, I tip my hat to Pakistan's middle and late-order. It was some comeback. The game was so intriguing because in a low [...]

2806, 2019

Just As Things Couldn’t Get Any Worse … Here’s Jonny

By |June 28th, 2019|Categories: World Cup 2019|54 Comments

You've read the comments. Now vent your spleen. I'm sad to report that Jonny Barstow seems to have lost the plot. He thinks people want England to fail just to they can stick the knife in. And now he's started a row with Michael Vaughan. This really isn't a good look. And it's a distraction that England really don't need. [...]

2606, 2019

One-Trick Ponies Looking Like Donkeys

By |June 26th, 2019|Categories: ODIs & T20, World Cup 2019|50 Comments

If the World Cup was a bilateral series - the criterium by which we reached the top of the world rankings - we'd currently be celebrating a 4-3 series win. Everyone would be extolling the vim and virtuosity of our victorious squad, and the management would be basking in the glory of yet another triumph. But this isn't a bilateral [...]

2406, 2019

Time To Walk The Walk

By |June 24th, 2019|Categories: World Cup 2019|28 Comments

So this is it. Squeaky bum time. Tuesday sees England's most import ODI for years. It might even be our most important ODI since the 1992 World Cup final. Lose tomorrow and we'll be facing humiliation all over again - the humiliation of being tournament favourites, playing at home, and not even making it to the semi finals. So much has [...]

2106, 2019

Mathews Sticks It To Us

By |June 21st, 2019|Categories: ODIs & T20, World Cup 2019|29 Comments

We should have known better. I should have known better. When Sri Lanka were meandering along at 4 runs per over in the 40th over of their innings, puzzled looks were exchanged, and predictable jokes were made. Nick Hoult of the Telegraph thanked Angelo Mathews for showing him what an ODI in the 1970s would've looked like. And yours truly [...]

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Cider Saturday: Annie Talks RLODC Final With Tom Abell and Andy Hurry

Today we're delighted to welcome Guerilla Cricket 'waffler' Annie Chave to TFT. She caught up with Somerset Director Of Cricket Andy Hurry and skipper Tom Abell at Taunton last week. There was only one thing on their collective minds: Saturday's big Lord's final against Hampshire. On Saturday 25 May, Somerset [...]

By |May 22nd, 2019|Categories: County Cricket, Interviews|6 Comments

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|18 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|8 Comments

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