Injury Problems


Today we have a guest article about the injuries suffered by fast bowlers. Apparently there are 5 main cricket injuries commonly found in modern cricket. Cricket expert and lifelong fan Saad Raja from has put together a short list of these for your information. I thought it would make a nice change from moaning about T20 and the ECB!  There are treatments and indeed...

Beware the Talkers. Hire Walkers.


Ten months on from England’s capitulation at the cricket world cup, we can finally put the team’s abject performance into some kind of perspective. The team didn’t lose because Peter Moores was crap, or because we played an archaic style of cricket, we lost because we were, erm, English. It’s now more than apparent that English sportsmen and the knockout stages of world cups don’t mix. We just...

Downton, Clarke and Lancaster Bombing


This is a cricket blog, so I never really get to express my love of rugby union. If the England cricket team is my first love, then Worcester Warriors – another team that have given me a rollercoaster ride over the years – are my second. You could say I’m married to both. I was lucky enough to be at Twickenham last weekend to see England lose to Wales. I say ‘lucky’...

Balancing the tightrope


Although team selection issues may divide opinion, it almost goes without saying that the vast majority of English cricket fans are appalled by the ECB’s institutional conduct over recent years.  The carve-up of cricket the board agreed with Cricket Australia and the BCCI last year is in my view the most egregious of all of their misdemeanours, given its far-reaching implications for the...

Death of a Gentleman, Cricket’s Lifesaver


If you couldn’t care less about the future of cricket, don’t want the sport to grow, love private members’ clubs and think Giles Clarke is more of a cuddly teddy bear than a walrus, then Sam Collins and Jarrod Kimber’s new film Death of a Gentleman isn’t for you. If, on the other hand, you actually want test cricket to exist in twenty years’ time, value transparency and equality, want cricket to...



It’s the Bowlers’ Bar at Lord’s two weeks ago. ‘Dreadlock Holiday’ is in full swing on the jukebox. It has been a long night. Balloons and empty glasses litter the place. MATTHEW HOGGARD, a dishevelled old bowler in an out-of-date tour suit, is holding court at the bar. HOGGARD ‘Ave a sup on me. Gi’em all a sup. And gi’ them ECB hoodlums a sup. (We see two other men, PETER MOORES and JAMES...

Why Cooky Won’t Crumble: A Defence of Alastair Cook


I started writing this on a cloud-dappled morning, sat at a boathouse in view of a crystalline river, with a cappuccino at my elbow and a sense of freedom in my heart. I say this not to embark on a sequel to Brideshead Revisited – I’ll leave that to the imaginations of the new government – but rather to remind myself that England’s premature capitulations can have their upside in...

One Day in the Life of Ivon Ivonovich: chapter one


This piece first appeared on the Guardian BTL pages. Its author has now kindly shared it with The Full Toss Camp 34.7, Omsk, Siberia – October 11 Winter advances apace. The cruel wet snow is a constant reminder of the impossible, relentless struggles that lie in the months ahead. And why? For what end? The prospect of Spring brings no relief – so distant does it seem, such a bleak...

IPL Team Names – A Confused Foreigner’s Plea


Living in East Asia, I get an awful lot of IPL on television. And IPL highlights. And IPL re-runs.  And the IPL Champions Trophy, or whatever it’s called. Leaving aside any snobbish and/or condescending opinions I might have about the quality of IPL cricket, I’d like to share my confusion at the IPL team names, which – the defunct Deccan Chargers aside – make less sense to me than those in the...

The Mystery of Jade Dernbach


My old Mum used to tell me ‘if you can’t say anything nice about someone, don’t say anything at all’.  Unfortunately, if we adhered to this particular sentiment today, the following article wouldn’t be very long. That’s why we’ve given our new guest writer, Edward Higgs, free rein to tell us how he really feels about the only man in cricket with worse...

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