CategoryBeing an England supporter

The Real Challenge this Winter

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For English cricket, an Ashes tour down-under conjures up all kinds of images and emotions: there’s the abuse we get from Aussie fans sitting in Sydney’s infamous Bay 13, there’s painful memories of our batsmen having their heads knocked off at Perth, and who can forget the intimidating atmosphere on Boxing Day at the MCG when 90,000 Australians in canary yellow replica shirts start baying for...

Viewpoints: affection and support

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Here at TFT we’re always keen to give people a voice, and we welcome contributions of all kinds from our readers and commenters. We’re grateful to Owen Benton for this thought-provoking piece. **************** Can you support a team without liking them? I grew up in what I now I think of as the ‘Star Wars’ era of cricket. Australia were the evil empire: dominant...

The best of times; the worst of times

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Clivejw posted this interesting comment on Saturday: I haven’t had this miserable a summer as a cricket fan since 1999, and as that year ended with the appointment of Duncan Fletcher as coach (he had in fact been appointed before the summer of that year, but Glamorgan wouldn’t release him from his contract), it can in retrospect be seen as a turning point. Only the announcement of the names of...

Shut up and keep buying the tickets: that ECB press release in full

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As you will have seen, and as James discussed in our last post, the England and Wales Cricket board issued a statement on Sunday to further outline their position on the sacking of Kevin Pietersen.  They still remain too cowardly to speak to journalists in the flesh. But the statement was at least an opportunity to answer some of the cricketing public’s many unanswered questions, and to...

The next England coach

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  So who’s in the running to replace Andy Flower as England team director? Here’s The Full Toss guide to the names in the frame… Ashley Yesman Highly regarded at the ECB ever since he coached Derbyshire to a spectacular fourth place Division Two finish in the 2009 county championship, Yesman is widely seen as a safe pair of hands. His credentials are strong in all three...

The loneliness of the long-distance England supporter

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It’s been a long and gruelling winter for everyone who follows the England cricket team. As each wretched day in Australia unfolded, both our sleep and our sanity were stretched to breaking point,  Here, Full Toss reader Nick Allbury re-traces that overnight journey into the heart of darkness. ***** The opening bars of Love Spreads prize me from deliverance before being silenced by my...

The Real Challenge this Winter

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For English cricket, an Ashes tour down-under conjures up all kinds of images and emotions: there’s the abuse we get from Aussie fans sitting in Sydney’s infamous Bay 13, there are the painful memories of our batsmen having their heads knocked off at Perth, and who can forget the intimidating atmosphere on Boxing Day at the MCG when 90,000 Australians in canary yellow replica shirts start baying...

Suncream and Baggy Greens

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When Tristan Haddow-Allen reluctantly moved to Australia, he took the opportunity to live his childhood dream of playing Sydney club cricket. In the first of a new series, he discovers not everything was quite as he expected ************************** “You must be the new bloke. We’ll call you Pom”. November, 2012 Such was my introduction to club cricket in Australia. The unpromising setting was...

Flower puts England’s limited overs teams in the Wheelie Bin

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‘The King of Spain’ is taking over as England’s ODI and T20 coach From the moment he gave up playing professional cricket, Ashley Giles has wanted to be England’s head coach. He did everything he needed to do. He cuddled up to the right people at the ECB and was almost immediately made a national selector. Now he’s been made England’s permanent ODI and T20 coach. So it’s pats on...

Big mouth strikes again

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If we weren’t doomed before … Swanny says he expects England to ‘dominate’ India’s spinners Graeme Swann is one of our favourite cricketers. We love him to death here at TFT. But sometimes, just sometimes, he’s a bit like that embarrassing girlfriend you used to have – you know, the quirky one you really fancied but none of your friends got. Sometimes you just...

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