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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.

2605, 2018

The Lord’s Test – Day 2

By | May 26th, 2018|Categories: Eng v Pak 2018, Test Cricket|15 Comments

Bizarre captaincy, shambolic catching, and good traditional test batting. Suddenly Pakistan look like huge favourites for this test match. And they deserve to be in this position too. They bowled really well on Thursday and they batted just as well, if not better, on Friday. Well played guys. As for England, I'm struggling to find anything original to say. Basically [...]

2505, 2018

The Lord’s Test – Day 1

By | May 25th, 2018|Categories: Test Cricket|40 Comments

Day 1 I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry. So I'll do neither. I'll rant instead. What a horribly lacklustre and lamentable start to the summer by England. Our batting was quite frankly pathetic. It was a continuation of the winter's woeful succession of train wrecks. There were far too many poor shots and a complete inability to knuckle [...]

2405, 2018

1982: The Summer Of The All-Rounder

By | May 24th, 2018|Categories: Nostalgia|13 Comments

The first home test of 2018 begins today when England face Pakistan at Lord's; therefore we're going to bring you a touch of nostalgia to put you in the mood for some good old fashioned test cricket. New guest writer Haroon Khalid, who is a bit of a fearsome fast bowler himself, has penned the following look back at the [...]

2305, 2018

Strauss Steps Away But Leaves Everything In A Muddle

By | May 23rd, 2018|Categories: Talking Points, Test Cricket|18 Comments

First let me begin on a sympathetic note. When I heard the news that Andrew Strauss would be stepping away from the ECB for a while to look after his wife my heart sank. It must be a horrible time for him and his family. I hope this seemingly unscheduled break doesn't mean that the prognosis has worsened. I really [...]

2105, 2018

The May Marriage

By | May 21st, 2018|Categories: County Cricket|17 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|10 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 [...]

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