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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.

2203, 2019

The Big Why?

By |March 22nd, 2019|Categories: Talking Points|18 Comments

I was listening to LBC this morning when I heard cult broadcaster James O'Brien go on another Brexit rant. He's like a broken record. I don't blame him, as political passions are obviously running very high at the moment, but at least it got me thinking. The first thing I thought was "oh shit, I bet I sound just like [...]

1903, 2019

Getting Shirty?

By |March 19th, 2019|Categories: Talking Points|37 Comments

I sense this one is going to divide opinion like a John Bercow intervention. But unlike the political machinations at Westminster, The Full Toss is here to discuss matters that really, erm, matter. So let's debate the big issues of the day; the issues that really define nations and affect lives. I'm talking, of course, about whether players should have [...]

1403, 2019

Free Hits In Tests A Miss?

By |March 14th, 2019|Categories: Talking Points|27 Comments

The ICC are considering some radical changes to shake up test cricket. Well, some reports have used the word "radical" but really they're just tinkering around the edges. The truth is that test cricket doesn't need any radical changes because it's already the best game in the world by a distance. The proposed changes are therefore just ideas which won't [...]

1403, 2019

Can England Realistically Expect To Win The ICC World Cup 2019?

By |March 14th, 2019|Categories: Sponsored|3 Comments

While England has always produced excellent cricketers in every generation of the game, perhaps a stroke of misfortune and a case of nerves has stolen away their chances of winning the ICC Cricket World Cup thrice since the inception of the tournament. However, as England continues to be on top of the ICC ODI Rankings just before it’s time to [...]

1103, 2019

Last Orders For 50 Overs After The World Cup?

By |March 11th, 2019|Categories: Talking Points|13 Comments

More obituaries have been written about cricket than after a lively night at Passchendaele. The latest doom-monger, Vic Marks, mourns the death of the 50 overs format, proclaiming it has been gunned down by the ECB’s much-anticipated new speed thrash. Apparently many one-dayers will be consigned to outgrounds and also overseas players are banned. And these are bad developments? I [...]

1103, 2019

T20 Series Review & Latest World Cup Odds

By |March 11th, 2019|Categories: ODIs & T20, Windies v England 2019|9 Comments

Congrats to England for winning the T20 series 3-0. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that the Windies are reigning World T20 champions, so to beat them on their home turf is nothing to be sniffed at. Yes the Windies batting was pretty forgettable in the last two games, but you can only beat what’s in front of you. And [...]

1103, 2019

Who Are The English Stars Heading To The IPL?

By |March 11th, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

The twelfth season of the money-spinning IPL gets underway this month and as ever, the competition is set to be fierce. Last season’s two finalists the Sunrisers Hyderabad and eventual winners the Chennai Super Kings head the betting in the Indian Premier League and once again there will be a plethora of English stars heading to Asia. But who are [...]

803, 2019

T20 Scheduling and Player Wages

By |March 8th, 2019|Categories: ODIs & T20, Talking Points|11 Comments

Apologies for our lack of output this week. I've been really busy with other stuff and, let's be honest, there's been very little to write about. England are playing a T20 series out in the Windies but it all seems a bit irrelevant to be honest. Yes the games are entertaining but I don't think anyone is too fussed who [...]

303, 2019

Are England Losing Momentum Ahead Of The World Cup?

By |March 3rd, 2019|Categories: ODIs & T20, Windies v England 2019|49 Comments

Positivity. Positivity. Positivity. It's the MO of Eoin Morgan's team. When disaster strikes it's essential to brush yourself off, pretend it's an aberration, and get right back on that saddle. As a strategy this isn't the worst approach in the world. England would be daft to try something new with the World Cup just around the corner. Changing course at [...]

2702, 2019

The Wednesday Wensleydale

By |February 27th, 2019|Categories: Talking Points|21 Comments

Afternoon all. And welcome to the latest edition of the Wednesday Wensleydale - the weekly roundup that's mature, tasty, and tends to crumble on close analysis. We've chosen a Yorkshire cheese because the white rose county are very much in the news this week. They've signed 26 year old South Africa paceman Duanne Olivier - a man who's taken 48 [...]

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|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