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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.

912, 2010

Yes we’ve got Swann, but we shouldn’t count our chickens just yet

By | December 9th, 2010|Categories: News|Tags: , , |5 Comments

It’s brilliant we won in Adelaide. The media reaction has been suitably euphoric. In fact, if I was awarded a run for every article I’ve read discussing ‘England’s greatest victories’ in the last fourty eight hours, my batting average might be pushing three figures. But the cricket statisticians have overlooked one important fact. What happened after our last innings victory overseas [...]

812, 2010

Shane Warne to replace Ponting as Australia captain?

By | December 8th, 2010|Categories: News|Tags: |5 Comments

There’s a rumour circulating the poker tables of Las Vegas that Shane Warne, Australia’s favourite spin wizard and cheeky commentator, has been approached to make a comeback at the WACA. But the speculation doesn’t end there. Apparently Warney is seriously considering it, but on one condition – he returns as skipper. Warne is currently keeping his cards close to his [...]

812, 2010

Handbags at dawn

By | December 8th, 2010|Categories: News|0 Comments

Excellent story from the Guardian's 'The Spin' column about the latest alleged bust-up between two of the most pugnacious Ians in Ashes history - Botham and Chappell. "The two men were reportedly pulled away from each other in the car park outside the Adelaide Oval after Botham reacted badly to a "provocative comment" by Chappell after the fourth day of [...]

712, 2010

Australia on their knees in the city of churches – no thanks to the Aussie hacks

By | December 7th, 2010|Categories: News|9 Comments

Just under an hour and a half. Eighty nine minutes. That’s how long it took  Australia to capitulate to an innings and 71 run defeat at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday morning. It was their first innings defeat at home for seventeen years, and England’s one hundredth win against the baggy greens. It all adds up to an enormous headache for Ricky [...]

712, 2010

Day five at Adelaide

By | December 7th, 2010|Categories: News|10 Comments

Sweet as a nut. And didn't it all seem rather easy in the end - despite our fears of rain or Australian resilience. As soon as Hussey went - oh, the joy of seeing the back of his silly white nose - the proceedings soon resembled a particularly facile exercise in pea-shelling. For now, let's just enjoy the moment - [...]

612, 2010

Day four at Adelaide

By | December 6th, 2010|Categories: News|0 Comments

It’s tense, really tense. Three results are still possible in the second test: an England win, a draw, or a win for the weather. Even the most pessimistic England fans must now realise an Australian victory is about as likely as FIFA giving the World Cup to the country with the best bid. The unbearable thing is that our fate now rests [...]

512, 2010

Kevin Pietersen: Not bad for half a batsman

By | December 5th, 2010|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

  It matters not that this Adelaide pitch is flatter than the flattest pancake – or perhaps flatter than a medieval map that claims the whole world is flat – Kevin Pietersen’s 213no was an education in precise attacking batting. It was a remarkable effort. But what was even more remarkable was the fact he didn’t play a single shot [...]

512, 2010

Day three at Adelaide

By | December 5th, 2010|Categories: News|2 Comments

Pessimism is the definitive trait of the English cricket follower. That's why we've been racking our brains for ways in which England could still lose this test match. And I think we've found it. If Strauss declares overnight, and Australia bat robustly till sometime after lunch on the last day, their lead will be around 125 - just enough to [...]

412, 2010

Day two at Adelaide

By | December 4th, 2010|Categories: News|3 Comments

Looks like we chose the wrong series to predict a nightmare for Alastair Cook. In fairness, we weren't the only ones who failed to foresee his transformation from the hapless klutz of the last two years into some kind of cross between Don Bradman and WG Grace. Presumably, Cook is an avid Full Toss reader - and our criticism galvanised [...]

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