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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.

1601, 2011

So we finally lost. Excuse me if I don’t slit my wrists

By | January 16th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |5 Comments

Eng 294 (50 overs). Shane Watson 297 (49.1 overs) A couple of days ago we asked if the ODIs mattered. After our loss to the Aussies on Sunday I think we can safely say ‘of course not, it’s just a bit of hit and giggle’. Had we won, however, we might have given you a different answer – but we won’t [...]

1401, 2011

Do the one-dayers matter?

By | January 14th, 2011|Categories: News|1 Comment

As I write, the second T20 is about to get under way. Good luck lads. Two-nil has rather an attractive ring to it. But from Sunday, the tone changes again - with the first of an eye-popping seven 50 over ODIs between us and Australia. Within English cricket, opinions vary widely about the importance - or otherwise - of 50 [...]

1401, 2011

Been there, done that, bought the t-shirt…

By | January 14th, 2011|Categories: News|3 Comments

And when it comes to celebrating our historic Ashes triumph - now you can! The team at Philosophy Football - despite the name - have launched a commemorative t-shirt (above) to celebrate our boys' feats down under. They're the guys behind those shirts which quote philosophers, with a name and squad number - you might have seen the ones featuring [...]

1201, 2011

The Mighty Woakes – England win first T20

By | January 12th, 2011|Categories: News|2 Comments

Australia 157-4. England 158-9. England win by 1 wicket (off the last ball) After a nervy start with the ball, Chris Woakes must have feared the worst. Fortunately, with the bat, the Warwickshire youngster was calmness personified. He brandished the willow with great aplomb and guided England home off the last ball of the match. He’s got real courage, this lad. [...]

1201, 2011

The Ashes quiz

By | January 12th, 2011|Categories: News|1 Comment

So, have you been paying attention over the last seven weeks? If so, here’s a chance to test your Ashes acumen with our very latest quiz. Please enter your answers below – or, to avoid seeing any spoilers, e-mail them to maxie@thefulltoss.com . Good luck! 1 Which two bowlers took, respectively, the first and last wickets to fall during the series? For [...]

1101, 2011

Schadenfreude

By | January 11th, 2011|Categories: News|0 Comments

Not a great time to be a member of the Australian cricket establishment. Oh, doesn't it make your heart bleed? Poor fellows. In the Guardian's Spin column, Andy Bull nails the head-in-the-sand attitudes down under: "I think we've done a very good job as a selection panel." Andrew Hilditch, chairman of the Australian selectors, actually said that. No really, he [...]

1001, 2011

England blow away Aussie young guns

By | January 10th, 2011|Categories: News|0 Comments

Prime Minister’s XI 254-9 (43 overs). England 225-3 (33.3 overs) England win by 7 wickets D/L. This is exactly the kind of match England would have lost a few years ago. Remember that humiliating Benson and Hedges World Series in 1995 when we not only lost to the Canary Yellows, we also got stuffed by Australia A (the tweety pies)? [...]

1001, 2011

The ten best things about the Ashes

By | January 10th, 2011|Categories: News|8 Comments

1. The margin of victory Everyone expected a tight, closely fought series. Some pundits thought we might just be able to nick it – with a bit of help from the weather. No one, not even the ultra cheerleaders such as Sir Ian Botham, forecast an England win of such crushing magnitude. 3-1 – and all three test victories by [...]

901, 2011

Let the hard slog of one-day cricket begin (if it must)

By | January 9th, 2011|Categories: News|17 Comments

It’s not often we feel sorry for international cricketers. With the exception of professional cricket commentators, and maybe Playboy photographers (if you’re a bloke), they’ve got the best job in the world. However, it seems a little unfair that the England team have to begin an unnecessarily long one-day series so soon after the Ashes finale. The first game – [...]

801, 2011

Our ten favourite Ashes moments

By | January 8th, 2011|Categories: News|5 Comments

1. Strauss’s LBW that wasn’t The England skipper took guard for the first ball of our second innings at Brisbane, trailing Australia by 221 runs.  First ball, he padded up to a straight one, which, to the naked eye, appeared to be crashing into middle stump. Somehow, he was reprieved by Aleem Dar – and on review, the ball was [...]

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