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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.

1612, 2010

The catches of Collingwood

By | December 16th, 2010|Categories: News|0 Comments

Colly's amazing catch today underlines his status as the best England fielder for a generation - and perhaps one of the greatest catchers the game has ever known. The Daily Telegraph lists five of his most remarkable efforts, including this ripper off Matt Hayden in 2005:  

1612, 2010

Australia’s ‘WACAs’ not up to test standard

By | December 16th, 2010|Categories: News|Tags: , |3 Comments

WACAs, ‘whackers’, you get the idea. Australia batted unbelievably poorly on day one at Perth. Only one batsman was out to a ball he could do nothing about – and that was the exasperatingly exemplary Mike Hussey. The rest of them got out to shots that were as ill advised as the selection of Australia’s final XI. What on earth [...]

1612, 2010

Day one at Perth

By | December 16th, 2010|Categories: News|4 Comments

Stumps: England 29-0. Australia 268. The Perth test poses special challenges for the English cricket follower. At the other four Australian venues, we watch a couple of hours' play, go to bed, then wake up in the morning too nervous to even look at the score in case we've made a mess of it. At Perth, where play doesn't begin [...]

1512, 2010

Confusion reigns at the WACA

By | December 15th, 2010|Categories: News|Tags: , , |6 Comments

I’ve got to admit it. I haven’t got a clue how to preview this match. We don’t know what the pitch will be like. Reports vary from ‘as fast as Kevin Pietersen in a Lamborghini’ to ‘as slow as an Australian selector’s brain’ – talking of which, we don’t have a clue what the Australian team is going to be [...]

1312, 2010

Tremlett is your choice for Perth

By | December 13th, 2010|Categories: News|0 Comments

Thanks to everyone who voted in our poll about which England seamer should replace the injured Stuart Broad for the WACA test which begins on Thursday. It seems as if most of you instinctively felt the tall, rangy Chris Tremlett will offer the greatest penetration on the Perth wicket. The results were: Chris Tremlett 57% Ajmal Shahzad 28% Tim Bresnan [...]

1212, 2010

Aussie bowler in ‘taking wickets’ shock

By | December 12th, 2010|Categories: News|Tags: , |3 Comments

Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit, but on the Full Toss we like to sink even lower. Consequently we’d like to recommend Victoria’s Clint McKay for the Australian test team. It just makes sense. If Michael Beer can get a gig after recording match figures of 5-207 against England in a meaningless warm-up game, then McKay’s 4-92 surely warrants [...]

1212, 2010

BBC Sports Personality: let’s get behind Swanny

By | December 12th, 2010|Categories: News|0 Comments

David Steele, 1975.  Ian Botham, 1981. Andrew Flintoff, 2005. The last three cricketers to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award. By next Sunday night, could we add to the list Graeme Swann, 2010? England's irrepressible spinner, currently the No.2 ranked bowler in the world, is one of ten candidates for the award, which will be decided by [...]

1012, 2010

Who else will Australia pick?

By | December 10th, 2010|Categories: News|0 Comments

Shane Warne’s apparent decision not to make a comeback for the WACA test has left a sense of anti-climax. Meanwhile, Australia surprise selection of Michael Beer has revealed their desperation to identify the wildcard individual who can restore their Ashes fortunes. If they can pick him, maybe they can pick anyone. So who else might Andrew Hilditch turn to? In [...]

1012, 2010

Will the momentum swing behind Bresnan?

By | December 10th, 2010|Categories: News|0 Comments

Thanks to everyone who's voted in our poll on which England bowler should replace Stuart Broad at the WACA. Chris Tremlett took a clear lead in the early voting, polling 56% to Shahzad's 29% and Bresnan's 6%. But has the first day performance at Melbourne changed the picture? Bresnan was the only England seamer to pick up a wicket against [...]

1012, 2010

English Beer is better than Australia’s

By | December 10th, 2010|Categories: News|Tags: |16 Comments

You’ve got to laugh at the Aussie selectors. It seems they’re playing a game of Simon Says with media pundits. Or should that be ‘Shane’ Says? After all, nobody had heard of their latest recruit, Michael Beer, before Shane Warne gave him a ringing endorsement on Tuesday. Mike Beer has only played five first class matches and taken sixteen wickets [...]

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