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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.

2105, 2018

The May Marriage

By | May 21st, 2018|Categories: County Cricket|16 Comments

Today we have an article from Paul Potter, who is one of our Australian readers. He's been following our recent discussions about the county championship with interest and has a rather interesting take on things. He certainly offers food for thought and, quite frankly, it's good to see that people from other countries have faith in our domestic product. More [...]

2105, 2018

Best County Championship Bowler Betting Wide Open

By | May 21st, 2018|Categories: Sponsored|0 Comments

© ForwardDefensive The County Championship is getting into full swing after a wet start to spring and defending champions Essex have already made a victorious opening to their defence of the Division One title. That side containing former England captain Alastair Cook are 100/30 favourites to retain their crown ahead of 5/1 chances Surrey and Yorkshire in the [...]

1705, 2018

A View From Malahide

By | May 17th, 2018|Categories: Talking Points, Test Cricket|9 Comments

Back in February, Kevin Galvin wrote about Irish cricket as his team built up to their test debut against Pakistan. Today he's back, fresh from helping Cricket Ireland with their media duties, to tell us how it all went down at Malahide.  One sensed, when Kevin O’Brien raised his bat to acknowledge the crowd after an historic century, that Ireland’s [...]

1505, 2018

Buttler’s Test Recall: Championship Kicked In The Crotch Again

By | May 15th, 2018|Categories: Player Spotlight, Test Cricket|45 Comments

Oh dear. I can already tell that Ed Smith and I are not going to get along. The selection of Jos Buttler to play as a specialist batsman at No.7 is indefensible if you believe in the county championship. And it's also indefensible according to Smith's own evidence-based methodology. First of all it's necessary to separate Jos Buttler the T20 [...]

1405, 2018

The Monday Muffin

By | May 14th, 2018|Categories: County Cricket, Talking Points|25 Comments

Morning all. I hope you had a good weekend. Mine was a bit of a blur really. I made the annual mistake of watching Eurovision, drinking far too much, and then getting angry when our song finished third from bottom. But before I could say "sod the lot of them" I realised that other countries actually take this competition seriously [...]

1005, 2018

Help Us Daryl, You’re Our Only Hope

By | May 10th, 2018|Categories: Talking Points|27 Comments

For those of us who have loved and cherished county cricket all our lives, the ECB's new Hundred proposal (or Harrison's Harebrained Hundred as I like to call it) is probably our darkest hour. We need help to stop this monstrosity that takes the money we've all invested in the game - through ticket purchases and Sky subscriptions - and [...]

805, 2018

Fun In The Sun: Championship Roundup

By | May 8th, 2018|Categories: County Cricket|15 Comments

Afternoon all. I hope you enjoyed the bank holiday. There was sun, lots of it, and that meant lots of cricket too. What a nice change from last week’s deluges. The county championship was in full flow, with results aplenty, and lots of eye-catching performances. Indeed, a few England hopefuls really put down a marker over the extended weekend. So [...]

405, 2018

Supergiants & Knight Riders? What The ECB Might Learn From IPL Names

By | May 4th, 2018|Categories: Fun|32 Comments

The impending launch of the new 100-ball competition proves one thing in my eyes: the ECB are absolutely obsessed with the IPL. They’ve looked enviously at the money it rakes in, and they’re desperate not just to emulate the IPL but to better it. The goal, I assume, is to demonstrate that English cricket can be even more innovative, alluring, [...]

105, 2018

Wet, Wet, Wet: Championship Roundup

By | May 1st, 2018|Categories: County Cricket|25 Comments

The weather over the last few days has been wetter than Marti Pellow's mushiest ballad. There was rain. Lots of it. And unfortunately county cricket and rain are about as compatible as the ECB and common sense. The result was a series of washouts and essentially meaningless individual performances that were never likely to influence the game's result. The weather [...]

2704, 2018

Oh Shut Up

By | April 27th, 2018|Categories: Talking Points|11 Comments

Apparently Eoin Morgan, who is employed by the ECB, is a big fan of the ECB's new 100 concept. Well I never. Here's what he said to the press recently: "I think the noise that it's created is brilliant, it's good news, because you get the same people who love the game - like I do - coming to the [...]

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|7 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