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James is a freelance copywriter, writer and author. He's the editor and co-founder of The Full Toss. Email james@thefulltoss.com.
11 06, 2018

Power of Scotland

2018-06-11T09:50:06+00:00 June 11th, 2018|ODIs & T20|40 Comments

Remember when we used to laugh off our ODI humiliations by saying "well, we don't really take white ball cricket seriously ... it's the Test team that counts"? Scotland humiliated England in Edinburgh yesterday. We were the world's No.1 ranked ODI side. Scotland hadn't even qualified for the next World Cup. Yet [...]

6 06, 2018

No More Test Cricket Until August 1st

2018-06-06T14:29:35+00:00 June 6th, 2018|Talking Points|37 Comments

What's on the agenda today? The headline says it all. We're about to enter the height of summer, a time synonymous with long sunny days and Richie Benaud saying "morning everyone", yet England won't be playing a test match this month or next. Instead our ECB overlords have created what amounts to [...]

3 06, 2018

Headingley And Humble Pie

2018-06-04T11:15:45+00:00 June 3rd, 2018|Eng v Pak 2018, Test Cricket|38 Comments

So England are back on track. At least until the next game. This win at Headlingley was ridiculously easy. We were as good here as we were lamentable at Lord’s. And the same could be said of Pakistan, but the other way around of course. Lot’s of people will be very happy [...]

1 06, 2018

The Headingley Test

2018-06-01T18:50:08+00:00 June 1st, 2018|Eng v Pak 2018, Test Cricket|39 Comments

Back in the late 1980s and 1990s, England would often travel to Leeds trailing in test series. We'd draft in someone like Neil Mallender, who would swing the ball around corners, and we'd win inside three days - thus keeping Ted Dexter or Mickey Stewart in charge for another few months. Headingley's [...]

30 05, 2018

England’s Best Ever XI Revisited

2018-05-30T15:21:23+00:00 May 30th, 2018|Nostalgia|65 Comments

It was my tenth wedding anniversary at the weekend, so my Mrs and I took a trip down memory lane and stayed at the hotel where we got married. "That's all very well" you might say "but on earth has this got to do with cricket"? It's because the one thing I [...]

27 05, 2018

Ignominy at Lord’s

2018-05-27T15:36:32+00:00 May 27th, 2018|Eng v Pak 2018, Test Cricket|54 Comments

It was another awful performance and yet another dispiriting defeat. I might as well have just cut and pasted a report from the Ashes. Is this English cricket’s lowest ebb? Obviously we’ve had worse defeats in the past, and this particular test probably isn’t a watershed, but it’s hard to think of [...]

26 05, 2018

The Lord’s Test – Day 2

2018-05-26T09:04:39+00:00 May 26th, 2018|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 [...]

25 05, 2018

The Lord’s Test – Day 1

2018-05-26T08:24:06+00:00 May 25th, 2018|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 [...]

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