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Welcome to TFT, one of the UK’s longest serving cricket blogs. We’ll be here throughout the season to debate, moan, and occasionally rejoice about the 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 an ordinary fan with something to say. Email james@thefulltoss.com for more info. Cheers.

2204, 2018

Selection Dilemmas

By | April 22nd, 2018|Categories: Talking Points|26 Comments

So Ed Smith is England’s new National Selector. He got the job after impressing at interview. Apparently all three candidates (that’s Big Ed, Derek Pringle, and Mike Selvey) were asked to deliver a presentation called “Selection: Art Or Science?” I imagine Del and Selvs looked puzzled, and then threw up in a bucket when they realised that Andrew Strauss was [...]

1904, 2018

It Just Gets Worse: The ECB’s New 100-Ball Concept

By | April 19th, 2018|Categories: Talking Points|50 Comments

I don't particularly like swearing on the blog. I'll do it now and again, especially if something gets right up my nose and ends up somewhere near my brain, but normally I keep my potty mouth zipped. However, the latest proposals for the ECB's new Shitty T20 leave me absolutely no choice. In fact, I'm sure you'll utter obscenity followed [...]

1804, 2018

ECB Testing Fans’ Loyalty Again

By | April 18th, 2018|Categories: Talking Points|36 Comments

Long term readers of TFT will know that it used to have two editors rather than one. There was me, and then there was Maxie. A couple of years ago Maxie stepped down because he didn’t have time to contribute anymore. He was also (I’m sure he won’t mind me saying) completely disillusioned with English cricket and was finding [...]

1704, 2018

Stone Rises But Batting Hopefuls Sink

By | April 17th, 2018|Categories: County Cricket|14 Comments

I love the early championship fixtures. Spring has arrived, the sun is creeping out (well, occasionally), the magnolias are in bloom, and young England hopefuls get the chance to impress the selectors. What’s more, there are no domestic white ball distractions. It’s first class cricket all the way – unless you’re glued to the IPL but that’s another story. So [...]

1204, 2018

Erroneous Assumptions & Hopeless Predictions: County Championship Preview

By | April 12th, 2018|Categories: County Cricket|24 Comments

Who will be crowned this year's champions? I really have no idea. A newly promoted club tipped for relegation won the title last year whilst the reigning champions got relegated. It was just the kind of boring and predictable season you'd expect from a competition nobody likes and everyone expects to die. What a total waste of time. Jokes aside [...]

1104, 2018

Like The Darkside, The IPL Overshadows Everything

By | April 11th, 2018|Categories: Talking Points|26 Comments

Don't worry. This isn't another pop at the IPL. I actually like bright lights and dancing girls ... albeit when I'm in nightclub. I'm just a little irked that the county championship starts later this week and many of our best players won't be involved - twelve of them to be exact. One wonders how the championship will have any [...]

604, 2018

Should English Counties Sign Smith, Bancroft, and Warner?

By | April 6th, 2018|Categories: Talking Points|42 Comments

So then. What do you reckon? The Evening Standard has suggested that Cricket Australia has quietly reached out to several English counties about the possibility of signing their three disgraced stars. The details are sketchy, and there's no guarantee it will happen, but it seems there have been discussions behind the scenes. I'd be interested to know what everyone thinks [...]

604, 2018

A Winter’s Tale

By | April 6th, 2018|Categories: Ashes 17/18|8 Comments

The England men’s team can finally come home after a very long winter. 157 days after they departed for the Ashes, the frustrating draw in the second Test against New Zealand brought the curtain down on their overseas adventures. While the players will be pleased not to have to stay in hotels any longer, those of us who have been [...]

304, 2018


By | April 3rd, 2018|Categories: NZ v England 2018, Test Cricket|65 Comments

I went to sleep with New Zealand on 91-4. I was extremely hopeful we'd be able to force a result. Anderson and Broad were bowling well, and Jack Leach was causing problems, so it was extremely disappointing to wake up and find that we'd been denied by the Kiwi tail. Credit to the Black Caps, of course, but I thought [...]

104, 2018

The Easter Sunday Sermon

By | April 1st, 2018|Categories: NZ v England 2018, Test Cricket|28 Comments

It's Easter. The time of rebirth, chocolate, and rabbit casseroles. So let's start with the first of these three pillars of Christian civilisation ... and forgive me if the flow of this post seems random and doesn't quite work. I've had no sleep, I drank too much beer and wine last night, and I feel about as coherent as ... [...]

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