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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.

2005, 2019

Willey, Won’t He?

By |May 20th, 2019|Categories: World Cup 2019|17 Comments

The three finest cricketing minds in the land (ahem), will meet this evening* to finalise which 15 cricketers will no doubt receive World Cup winners medals in just over a month's time (big ahem). Most players are assured a place. But three or four of them will be waiting anxiously for a call. The big question mark seems to be [...]

1805, 2019

A Hundred Supporter Speaks

By |May 18th, 2019|Categories: County Cricket|24 Comments

We're a broad church at TFT, so it's only fair we give counter-arguments a chance. So after all that Hundred bashing, here's Alex with a more positive spin. Has he got a point? Be gentle folks.  "Loathing, Unadulterated loathing, For your face, Your voice, Your clothing, Let's just say: I loath it all! Every little trait, however small, Makes my [...]

1505, 2019

The Hundred Branding: A Bag Of Spanners

By |May 15th, 2019|Categories: Talking Points|28 Comments

Wednesday was a really exhilarating day. Literally tens of people, most of whom were based at ECB HQ, wet themselves with excitement as the new logo for the most anticipated sporting innovation in history (or so we're supposed to believe) was launched. And boy did it live up to the hype - that's the negative hype that assumes anything connected [...]

1505, 2019

Will Sri Lanka Find Their Mojo At 2019 Cricket World Cup?

By |May 15th, 2019|Categories: Sponsored|1 Comment

Sri Lanka's performances during the last 12 to 18 months have gone from bad to worse. If you take away the West Indies, no other major side has lost more money for cricket betting fans. They enter the 2019 World Cup with very low expectations even from even their die-hard fans, who have been let down continuously in all formats [...]

1205, 2019

Bonkers

By |May 12th, 2019|Categories: ODIs & T20, Talking Points|31 Comments

Yesterday's game at the Rose Bowl would've made the authorities purr. It was made to order. England batted first and registered a hefty 373-3 - with golden boy Jos Buttler scoring an extraordinary 110 off just 55 balls - and then Pakistan put up a very respectable fight but eventually fell 12 runs short. Those in attendance witnessed a total [...]

1005, 2019

What About Sam Curran?

By |May 10th, 2019|Categories: Ashes 2019, Player Spotlight|19 Comments

While all eyes, well most eyes, have been on England's warm-up games against Pakistan, the English players who remained at the IPL have become somewhat forgotten men. One of these young men was Sam Curran, who not long ago was the darling of English cricket. However, he's had a bit of a tricky six months since the end of last [...]

805, 2019

The One Thing That Could Derail England

By |May 8th, 2019|Categories: World Cup 2019|24 Comments

The World Cup is only three weeks away. Are you excited? Personally I feel quite nervous already. This is undoubtedly the best chance we've ever had of winning the trophy. We can't blow it. Can we? Unfortunately World Cups, indeed global ODI tournaments in general, haven't been kind to England over the years. We reached the World Cup final in [...]

705, 2019

The Joy Of Keeping

By |May 7th, 2019|Categories: Nostalgia|13 Comments

In The Wind in the Willows, Rat tells Mole, “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” As something of an anchor in open water, boats aren’t a favourite. But it’s a phrase that can be translated into a wide array of contexts, and in [...]

705, 2019

Bring Back The Mavericks

By |May 7th, 2019|Categories: Nostalgia|29 Comments

Once upon a time cricketers could pretty much do what they liked off the field. Drug testing wasn't so sophisticated, there were no WhatsApp messages, and getting pissed before important games was almost mandatory. Alex Hales would've loved it. Twenty five years ago the public didn't have mobile phone cameras ready to snap every indiscretion. And there was no social [...]

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|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

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