The Full Toss

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.

2602, 2011

Why we must beat India (even though we don’t need to)

By |February 26th, 2011|Categories: News|2 Comments

It has been billed as the match of the tournament thus far. England play India on Sunday for the right to, err, neither qualify for the quarterfinals nor be eliminated from the competition. That’s right, nothing really hinges on the result except perhaps momentum … yet then again, we all know it’s bad for a team to peak too early. [...]

2502, 2011

Put the World Cup out of its misery

By |February 25th, 2011|Categories: News|6 Comments

So we're nearly a week into the World Cup, and so far the only excitement has come from England nearly losing to Holland. Apart from that, it's been a littany of terrible mis-matches, batting collapses, facile victories, and general dreariness. Thank goodness for England's ineptitude - otherwise things really would be bleak. Why does this keep happening? The 2011 tournament [...]

2402, 2011

The most catastrophic collapse in history?

By |February 24th, 2011|Categories: News|0 Comments

Terrific tale from this week's excellent Guardian column 'The Spin', concerning the extraordinary climax to a recent fixture in New Zealand's Napier club league, between Napier Old Boys' Marist and Napier Technical Old Boys.  As The Spin explains, NTOB "contrived to lose four wickets to just two legal deliveries, a collapse of such staggering collective ineptitude that is believed to [...]

2202, 2011

England pip the orange army

By |February 22nd, 2011|Categories: News|1 Comment

We came, we saw, we were rubbish. England beat the Netherlands today by the slimmest of margins. But after what can only be described as the worst bowling and fielding performance since err, the last World Cup, the players deserve no more than a kick in the nether regions. If you weren’t able to watch any of today’s game, make [...]

2202, 2011

Punter’s tantrums, chapter 812

By |February 22nd, 2011|Categories: News|3 Comments

Smashing up TV sets is normally the domain of rock stars, not Tasmanian cricketers - but yesterday Ricky Ponting came over all Led Zeppelin after his dismissal against Zimbabwe. As The Guardian report: "A furious Ricky Ponting took out his frustration at being run out in Australia's opening World Cup match by smashing a television set with his bat in [...]

2102, 2011

Another bright idea

By |February 21st, 2011|Categories: News|2 Comments

It’s another twenty four hours before England’s World Cup campaign begins, so we’ve got some time to fill. We could talk about the weekend’s matches, but there’s nothing to say really. Kenya and Canada got hammered (who would have predicted that?) and India’s batsmen scored about a thousand each against Bangladesh. We’ll let the broadsheets try and find something interesting [...]

2002, 2011

The World Cup so far

By |February 20th, 2011|Categories: News|0 Comments

Moment that gave the game away Sky Sports opting to anchor their coverage from the studios in west London, not on location in the subcontinent. Tacit acknowledgement that England supporters are ambivalent  about the whole tournament. Most self-deprecating commentary Mike Atherton to Ravi Shastri: "Tendulkar's made fifteen centuries with the same bat? That's as many as I made in my [...]

1802, 2011

Cricket World Cup Preview – as dictated by an illegal bookmaker

By |February 18th, 2011|Categories: News|5 Comments

It’s time to stock up on cheap beer and tell your boss you’ve got dengue fever. The World Cup is finally upon us! It’s going to be one hell of a rollercoaster – albeit one that goes on seven months or something. With England likely to be knocked out by Ireland as karma for poaching their best player, we’re all [...]

1702, 2011

Innovative England bring fresh-thinking to the table

By |February 17th, 2011|Categories: News|0 Comments

England World Cup strategy memo From: Andy Flower, team director To: Andrew Strauss, captain Straussy, As the tournament kicks off in only a couple of days, I wanted to set down a few final thoughts on how things are going to work. Now we’ve moved KP up to open the batting, we need to capitalise on this radical approach, and [...]

1602, 2011

Pietersen to open during the World Cup

By |February 16th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |4 Comments

No, this isn’t a joke. If it was, it wouldn’t be very funny. Now before I slate our management team for what can only be described as a desperate move, let me molify my criticism by saying this: the selectors have generally done a good job over the last few years. During the recent Ashes triumph, rumour had it that the [...]

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