The Full Toss Cricket Blog

Welcome to TFT, the irreverent cricket blog with a zero percent bounce rate. 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 journalist or copywriter, just a fan with something to say. Email james@thefulltoss.com for more info.

2009, 2019

Say What? The Latest News About The Not So Simple Hundred

By |September 20th, 2019|Categories: The Hundred|22 Comments

I really, really wanted to give The Hundred a chance. I really did. Oh who am I kidding? I hated the idea from the start. It's almost impossible to like the idea. It's like forcing yourself to be objective about genital herpes. Not. Gonna. Happen. However, my initial doubts concerning this tawdry and quite ridiculous competition seem increasingly prophetic every [...]

2009, 2019

Opening Up About Dominic Sibley

By |September 20th, 2019|Categories: Player Spotlight|10 Comments

After scoring a double hundred and a hundred in the same championship match this week, Dom Sibley is the name on most people's lips as Ed Smith gets ready to name his tour party for New Zealand. New writer David Wyatt thinks Sibley has what it takes to succeed at test level. Here's why ... It’s perfectly ok to get [...]

1809, 2019

Evaluating Bayliss: Is 5/10 Fair?

By |September 18th, 2019|Categories: Talking Points|25 Comments

We need to talk about Trev. As Bayliss waved goodbye to English cricket at the end of The Oval test it suddenly struck me how little we've talked about him over the last four years. We've talked players, we've talked ECB chairmen, we've talked CEOs, we've talked selectors, but Bayliss has been largely ignored. It's really odd. After all, we [...]

1709, 2019

Stick Or Twist? – Post Ashes Edition

By |September 17th, 2019|Categories: Ashes 2019|39 Comments

The end of the English summer is a difficult time for all of us. We pack our kitbags away in the loft or garage - inevitably forgetting to unpack that pair of sweaty socks from the last match - and we start questioning the meaning of life without cricket. This is also the point at which, if you're a Sky [...]

1609, 2019

Small Consolation?

By |September 16th, 2019|Categories: Ashes 2019|20 Comments

As expected England completed their consolation victory over the Aussies at The Oval yesterday. It was never really in doubt. Parallels with Headingley were always misplaced because the pitch at Leeds seemed to improve as the game went on. This surface, on the other hand, was a good traditional cricket wicket. There was always some help for the bowlers and [...]

1409, 2019

Joe Denly

By |September 14th, 2019|Categories: Ashes 2019|12 Comments

I honestly thought he'd get there. He was just six runs short - that's one top edged Pietersen hook off Brett Lee away - from scoring a maiden test hundred. It was impossible not to feel completely gutted for the bloke. I like Denly. Everyone's warmed to Jack Leach because he's an ordinary Joe. But Denly's no different. And he's [...]

1309, 2019

Rare Ascendancy

By |September 13th, 2019|Categories: Ashes 2019|31 Comments

Oh what could have been. That's my overriding thought at the moment. England bowled really well today and we should win the 5th test from here. The holes in the Australian batting line up seemed wider than Kings Canyon in Northern Territory. If only we'd got our collective act together earlier in the series. A lead of 78 with all [...]

1009, 2019

Why Knighting Andrew Strauss Is A Strange Decision

By |September 10th, 2019|Categories: Talking Points|48 Comments

Excellent. Just as I was looking for a story that might distract everyone from Ashes debacle along comes a juicy one. I thought today's article might have to be about England's unchanged squad for the 5th test - a depressingly predictable move by Ed Smith. However, the news that Boycott and Strauss have been knighted offers endless opportunity for debate. [...]

909, 2019

Ham-fisted and Hamstrung (It Was Always Likely To End This Way)

By |September 9th, 2019|Categories: Ashes 2019|72 Comments

So there was no miracle this time. Just inevitability. Our batsmen did their best but the mountain was insurmountable. Another team, with another batting line-up, might have saved the day. But our guys were ultimately undone by their own frailties. They showed tremendous fight, and made Australia work hard, but unfortunately they weren't good enough. Jason Roy's innings yesterday summed [...]

709, 2019

Surely Our Number’s Up This Time?

By |September 7th, 2019|Categories: Ashes 2019|33 Comments

So I've had a couple of beers. I've got a third on the go. And it's time for me to update the blog. I doubt this will be my most coherent effort but the time feels right. After all, the Ashes feel like they're slipping away once again. We've been here before, of course, but I doubt even Ben Stokes [...]

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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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