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.

712, 2018

It’s Time For India & Pakistan To Renew Their Test Rivalry

By |December 7th, 2018|Categories: Talking Points|10 Comments

Rangers vs Celtic looks like walk in the park compared to these two. The strips are the same – one wears blue and one wears green, and blood, guts and years of hatred have spilled onto the shirts. It’s religion, it’s politics, and oh, it’s cricket, too. It’s India vs Pakistan. IT’S NOT JUST CRICKET….IT’S BIGGER THAN THAT If it [...]

512, 2018

Cricket’s Unluckiest XI

By |December 5th, 2018|Categories: Nostalgia|22 Comments

At the dawn of this blog, James Morgan wrote about England’s worst XI, a team comprising players who before, during and since their test career confounded expectations by setting low standards and consistently failing to achieve them. There could have been many more on his list: nearly half of those who have played for England lasted only five tests or [...]

312, 2018

Ben Stokes And Protecting Violence

By |December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Talking Points|25 Comments

The batsman drops the ball onto the leg side and Ben Stokes runs after it. As he catches up with it he hurls the ball into the ground with a cry of disgust. His face is the same vivid red as his shirt. It caps an over spent screaming at his fielders, berating them as he beats his hands and [...]

2911, 2018

“Get ‘Im In!” Should England Pick Jofra Archer Straight Away?

By |November 29th, 2018|Categories: Talking Points|10 Comments

Well, well, well. This is very interesting indeed. The ECB has just changed its eligibility criteria for England players. Non British-born players will now only have to serve a 3 year residency period (down from 7 years), which means < long drumroll > that one of the world's best young cricketers, a certain Jofra Chioke Archer Esq, is now fully [...]

2811, 2018

Brian Lara 501 Not Out

By |November 28th, 2018|Categories: News|7 Comments

Who is your favourite batsman of all time? For me it's probably Brian Lara. Even though I'm a Worcestershire and England supporter, and Lara played for rival teams, I don't think there's any batsman I've enjoyed watching more. He was so flamboyant, elegant, powerful, and quite simply unique. That high back-lift, those dancing feet, those incredible hands, and that amazing [...]

2711, 2018

“England Were Bloomin’ Average” – The Moaner Returns

By |November 27th, 2018|Categories: Fun|10 Comments

The 3rd Test is over, and England has a clean-sweep in Sri Lanka. And while the Men In White celebrate, The Moaner has stuff to be annoyed about. Why? Because he's as miserable as a wet winter weekend in Whitby. At McDonalds he specifically asks if there’s a ‘Sad Meal’. So what's grinding his gears now? Here goes ... What [...]

2611, 2018

England’s Luck Overseas Finally Turns

By |November 26th, 2018|Categories: SL v Eng 2018, Test Cricket|25 Comments

The prospect of watching England overseas normally fills one with dread. It's an exercise in waiting for the wheels to fall off - which normally only takes a wobble or two. This time, however, it was different. And that's because this England team is different. We might not be the best team in the world, and talk of becoming the [...]

2311, 2018

Bairstow’s Brilliance Kicks The Can Down The Road

By |November 23rd, 2018|Categories: SL v Eng 2018, Test Cricket|33 Comments

As someone who once argued that Jonny Bairstow was the second best batsman in the England team, and perhaps the most dominant batsman in county cricket since Graeme Hick, I was beginning to feel a tad silly a week or so ago. England's batting line-up is notoriously porous, yet poor Jonny couldn't even make the XI at Kandy. It has [...]

2211, 2018

Introducing ‘The Moaner’

By |November 22nd, 2018|Categories: Fun|26 Comments

After England’s sparkling, series-sealing victory in Sri Lanka, we didn't think there was a lot to moan about. Until we found The Moaner. This is a man who seems physically incapable of being happy. He's miserable. He's cynical. He's the first person to complain when England are collapsing like the walls of Jericho. And he can still find fault when [...]

1911, 2018

Pats On The Back All Round

By |November 19th, 2018|Categories: SL v Eng 2018, Test Cricket|53 Comments

Overseas wins for the England cricket team are rare. Two wins in a row is rarer. And series wins are even rarer than sightings of Lord Lucan and Elvis Presley. England have therefore achieved something quite impressive this month. This is the side, remember, that couldn't even win in Bangladesh two winters ago. Instead they were humiliated by a teenager. [...]

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|8 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