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.

2404, 2019

If You Could Poach One Player From Another Country, Who Would It Be?

By |April 24th, 2019|Categories: Talking Points|15 Comments

There has been plenty of great cricket in the RLODC over the last week. The pinnacle was probably that dramatic Roses game. What a finish! It was noteworthy that the crowds were particularly healthy too. The great weather obviously helped, but it clearly shows that there's still a healthy appetite for domestic 50 over cricket in this country. What a [...]

2404, 2019

How To Get More Out Of Watching The Game

By |April 24th, 2019|Categories: Guest|1 Comment

There is nothing quite like watching a live sports match, especially if it is your favourite team playing. Whether you are watching at home by yourself, at a bar with a few friends or even at the game, it is sure to be full of excitement and an enjoyable experience. While simply watching the game can be exciting enough, there [...]

1904, 2019

The Gray Nicolls Wonder XI

By |April 19th, 2019|Categories: Nostalgia|12 Comments

The Powerspots….The Scoops…..the Dynadrives…The Elites…..Gray-Nicolls bats made everyone at schools across the country drool. They still came from the same willow as their rivals, but they looked a whole lot better. Anyway, so I, Alex Ferguson – who had his best-ever season slogging a GN Elite before it was broken by a schoolmate who nicked it for a match - [...]

1704, 2019

Why Jofra Archer WILL Play In The World Cup

By |April 17th, 2019|Categories: World Cup 2019|32 Comments

Kick the can down the road. That's the theme of the year. And now it looks like everyone's least favourite philosophy has infiltrated Ed Smith towers too. The omission of Jofra Archer from England's preliminary World Cup squad of 15, alongside his inclusion in the larger 17 man squad to take on Pakistan, merely delays the decision as to whether [...]

1604, 2019

Yes, Joe – But Can We Talk About Sam, Yet?

By |April 16th, 2019|Categories: County Cricket, Player Spotlight|10 Comments

Geoffrey Bunting is back with a lovely piece that makes the case for Sam Northeast. Is there room in England's test team for a more experienced player who has done the hard yards on the county circuit?  Joe Clarke is poised on ninety-seven – on the verge of twin hundreds in his first game for Nottinghamshire – when his captain, [...]

1504, 2019

County Preview: Essex

By |April 15th, 2019|Categories: County Cricket|1 Comment

Here's new writer Tasneem-Summer Khan (who some of you might know from Guerilla Cricket) with her preview of Essex's season. Can the 2017 Champions reclaim their title? Good to have you onboard, Tasneem.  Promoted into Division 1 in 2017, going on to win the title in their first year, Essex were the only thorn in Surrey’s side in the 2018 [...]

1504, 2019

County Preview: Worcestershire

By |April 15th, 2019|Categories: County Cricket|5 Comments

I had very mixed emotions at the end of the 2018 season. Winning the T20 Blast for the very first time was absolutely superb. It brought back memories of our glory days in the 1980s when trophies flowed like wine at a wedding. But our subsequent relegation to division two, and Joe Clarke’s decision to jump ship at the first [...]

1104, 2019

Seven Young Batsmen Who Will Definitely Save English Cricket

By |April 11th, 2019|Categories: County Cricket|15 Comments

You know it. I know it. I’m still not sure if they know it, but England just aren’t very good at batting. We’ve picked based on form, picked based on averages, but none of the established county players who have been called up to England have really cut the mustard. Most of us can agree on what the perfect first-class [...]

1004, 2019

County Preview: Kent

By |April 10th, 2019|Categories: County Cricket|0 Comments

Today Marco previews Kent's season. Can they avoid relegation whilst making the same excellent progress in white ball competitions? If you'd like to write something about the county you support - either a preview or just an update as the season progresses - please feel free to email james@thefulltoss.com. I'd love to do more of this kind of thing.  “There [...]

904, 2019

Championship Roundup – Joe Clarke shines, Ryan ten Doeschate Does A Nasser

By |April 9th, 2019|Categories: County Cricket|9 Comments

Championship cricket in April usually means one thing: ball dominates bat. The fielding captain tosses the ball to Darren Stevens (or a Darren Stevens clone) and the pitch does the rest. "Use the facilities" is the cry behind the wicket as the prototypical English seamer ambles to the crease with seven slips and two gullies in position. But it was [...]

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