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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.

1406, 2019

Too Easy

By |June 14th, 2019|Categories: World Cup 2019|17 Comments

It was a shame in many ways. Obviously we'll take the win - World Cup wins for England have been thinner on the ground than active follicles on Doug Bollinger's head - but the crowd deserved a better spectacle really. Before the game I thought it could be a humdinger. The West Indies have played some aggressive and attractive cricket [...]

1306, 2019

Will The Windies Blow England Away?

By |June 13th, 2019|Categories: Talking Points, World Cup 2019|14 Comments

All this bad weather has been terrible for the World Cup. When India beat Australia I thought the tournament was slowly beginning to heat up, but it’s been a damp squib (literally) ever since. The format doesn’t exactly help either. There’s a lack of tension in the early weeks because teams know they can lose a game or two and [...]

1106, 2019

The World Cup Match Day ‘Experience’

By |June 11th, 2019|Categories: World Cup 2019|28 Comments

The great thing about the ICC deciding the World Cup should be held in England was the easy access to tickets. However, regardless of the spiel that the ICC gave about burgeoning ticket sales, there have been empty seats in practically all of the stadiums - perhaps a backfire of charging an arm-and-a-leg for England games. With the two gold [...]

1006, 2019

Catch This!

By |June 10th, 2019|Categories: News|5 Comments

The World Cup is finally beginning to warm up. Yesterday’s game between India and Australia was the first heavyweight showdown of the tournament, and those of us who cry when Smith and Warner laugh, and laugh when Smith and Warner cry, were rolling in the aisles by the end. India completely out-played the Canary Yellows in all departments. It was [...]

806, 2019

Back In Business

By |June 8th, 2019|Categories: News|23 Comments

A good performance, a good win, and suddenly everything looks rosy again. Bangladesh simply couldn’t live with England in Cardiff on Saturday, and everyone sensed there was only going to be one winner once our batsmen sped past 100 without losing a wicket. Bangladesh were out-gunned with the ball and all but surrendered with the bat. They never even tried [...]

306, 2019

Yuk

By |June 3rd, 2019|Categories: World Cup 2019|40 Comments

Oh dear. That wasn't in the script. At the start of play everyone was full of predictions. Will we score 500 this time? How much will we win by? Will it be all over by lunchtime? The question nobody asked, of course, is IF England would win. Pakistan have some very useful players and everyone should know they're at their [...]

3005, 2019

Promising

By |May 30th, 2019|Categories: ODIs & T20, World Cup 2019|23 Comments

We didn’t freeze. We didn’t choke. Eoin Morgan’s men started their World Cup campaign with a bang. And this time, unlike previous World Cups, it wasn’t the bang of a metaphorical tire blowing up or the whole engine combusting, it was the bang of boundaries flying off Ben Stokes’s bat, and the clang of a Jofra Archer bouncer ricocheting off [...]

2905, 2019

Your Starting England XI & Those Hundred Names Dissected

By |May 29th, 2019|Categories: World Cup 2019|23 Comments

The World Cup finally starts on Thursday. Are you excited? On balance I think I am. I'm not exactly pant-wettingly excited, because (a) I prefer Test cricket to the white ball stuff, and (b) I'm too old to get too excited about sport anymore. However, I do sense a certain tingling, which I vaguely recognise as excitement, in my bones. [...]

2605, 2019

Cider and Sandpaper

By |May 26th, 2019|Categories: County Cricket, World Cup 2019|21 Comments

Welcome to the A&E. Otherwise known as the England dressing room. Players should form an orderly queue and use the Savlon sparingly. It's got to stretch a long way. Here's the current injury report: Mark Wood - Chronic foot / ankle condition Adil Rashid - Long-term shoulder niggle Chris Woakes - Long-term knee niggle Eoin Morgan - Bruised finger Liam [...]

The TFT Interviews

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

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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