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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.

2108, 2019

Why It’s Still Ok To Boo Steve Smith

By |August 21st, 2019|Categories: Ashes 2019, Talking Points|54 Comments

It's time for a marmite post. You'll either love this or hate it. Here's Adam Kiddle on why it's still ok to boo Steve Smith. Although I personally think the booing has got a tad tedious now, Adam makes some really good points ... Firstly, let me set my stall out here. I wouldn’t boo Steve Smith. In fact, I [...]

1908, 2019

Aussies On The Run

By |August 19th, 2019|Categories: Ashes 2019|37 Comments

Another bore draw eh. I can see why this test cricket lark is dying. Ahem. The Lord's test might have started as a damp squib, with five sessions and an hour ruined by the weather, but it turned out to be an absolute classic. Both sides had a legitimate chance to win the game heading into the final day, and [...]

1608, 2019

Where We Go At The DRS Crossroads

By |August 16th, 2019|Categories: Talking Points|27 Comments

With the rain spoiling days 1 and 3 at Lord's, and a draw looking increasingly likely, now seems like an opportune moment to reignite the DRS debate. Here's new guest writer Ed Clark with his take on the terrible umpiring at Edgbaston and the future of technology in cricket. I'm a bit tied up this week so apologies for the [...]

1308, 2019

Can Three Players Change Everything?

By |August 13th, 2019|Categories: Ashes 2019|26 Comments

Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, and Jack Leach. These are the three cricketers we're pinning our hopes on at Lord's. They'll have to shake up the team, raise morale, and give Australia's batting (otherwise known as Steve Smith) something new to think about. Confident? I wish I was. Personally I'm not even 100% convinced that the first of the three will [...]

808, 2019

Futile Suggestions

By |August 8th, 2019|Categories: Ashes 2019|50 Comments

After Ollie Stone was ruled out of the second Ashes test yesterday, I Tweeted out my preferred side for Lord's. It went as follows: Burns, Roy, Stokes, Root, Buttler, Bairstow, Woakes, Curran, Archer, Leach, Broad. I was immediately given a tongue lashing (I'm going to copyright this expression when Josh Tongue plays for England) by several people who hated this [...]

508, 2019

Pathetic. But We Can (And Must) Do Better Next Time.

By |August 5th, 2019|Categories: Ashes 2019|77 Comments

When the end comes, it usually comes quickly with this England team. For all our hype and bravado we're actually softer than a poodle's undercarriage. It took Australia just 45 overs to take all ten of our second innings wickets today. And eight of those wickets came in the last 23. It was a gutless performance that lacked any form [...]

408, 2019

Shattered – Day 4 at Edgbaston

By |August 4th, 2019|Categories: Ashes 2019|34 Comments

The last time I checked in (on Friday evening) England were in a great position - just a few runs behind Australia's first innings score and with plenty of wickets in hand. And then it all went pear shaped thanks to a mini collapse on Saturday morning and another Steve Smith hundred. Is there any more frustrating sight in world [...]

208, 2019

Proper Cricket – Day 2 From Brum

By |August 2nd, 2019|Categories: Ashes 2019|8 Comments

I don't think I've ever felt so nervous waiting for a batsman to reach three figures. I didn't even particularly care about the wickets falling at the other end for a period. It was all about Rory Burns. Could he reach those three magical figures? When the moment finally arrived I was chuffed to bits for the bloke. He waited [...]

108, 2019

The Rodent Returns – Day 1 at Edgbaston

By |August 1st, 2019|Categories: Ashes 2019|40 Comments

Today’s play was painful. We had our collective boot on Australia’s metaphorical throat but the opportunity slipped away. And it’s all because of Steve Smith. Yes him. The ginger rodent. The bane of our existence. I wish I could say Smith was lucky. I wish I could say that he cheated. But he wasn’t and he didn’t. He was absolutely [...]

108, 2019

1981 Revisited

By |August 1st, 2019|Categories: Nostalgia|7 Comments

Today we welcome back Haroon Khalid to TFT. Take a trip down memory lane as the first test at Edgbaston gets underway ... The 2005 Ashes series is often spoken of as the greatest Ashes series of all time and with much justification. 1-0 down after the first test, England came back with a nerve jangling 2 run win at [...]

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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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