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England clinch place in ICC Test Championship playoffs … if only

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Sydney Morning Herald readers would be choking on their vegemite sarnies if it was 2013. After Australia’s recent 0-2 test series defeat to India, the Aussie headlines would read something like this: ‘Aussies choke as England snatch semi-final berth’, and ‘Ponting in crap captaincy shocker (again)’. Admittedly the latter headline would be appropriate for any period over the last five years, but...

The Ashes: your predictions

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A month to go till the big one – and high time we indulged in some wild speculation. We’d like to hear your views on the big talking points around the most-hyped England tour to Australia since, er, the last one. And do let us know, too, if you’re planning to head down under to watch some of the action in the flesh. Which matches will you be seeing? So here are the big questions...

What’s happened to New Zealand?

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As a child of the 1980s, I grew up in a world in which New Zealand were a very competitive side, and usually stronger than England. In 1980 they beat the mighty West Indies, who wouldn’t lose another test series for the next fifteen years.  Mid-decade, they beat us home and away in consecutive series. Martin Crowe was at the peak of his powers, and Richard Hadlee sent a shiver down the...

India dent Australia’s Ashes hopes (and where the hell have we been?)

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First of all, we’d like to apologise for our lack of new articles over the last fortnight. Half TFT staff (i.e. me) have been on holiday in the Norfolk Broads – not to be confused with the Nottinghamshire Broads of course. There has also been a distinct lack of meaningful cricketing action since the end of the domestic season, so we’ve had nothing to say really. However, Australia’s...

The Ashes quiz

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Time now to stop agonising over spot-fixing, draw a line under the turbulent Pakistan tour, and focus on the Ashes. To warm you up, here’s a quick quiz about England in Australia. Have a stab below with your answers – and don’t scroll down to avoid spoilers. First correct entry wins the traditional lifetime subscription to The Full Toss. Good luck!     1. Which England bowler...

Preview versus review – a look back at our county championship predictions

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Now that the English cricket season is over and the dust’s beginning to settle (much like it’s doing on Adil Rashid’s equipment coffin right now) we thought we’d look back and see how right, or wrong, our expectations for the season were. At the beginning of April we predicted that England would steamroll Bangladesh and Pakistan – no prizes for guessing that one – but we also dug out...

Ashes squad announced – England turn to the ‘turbanator’

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He’s back. Monty ‘the turbanator’ Panesar has been recalled to the England squad for this winter’s Ashes showdown. So order your Monty mask and songbook now at www.celebratelikeanutterwhenyoutakeawicket.com. Meanwhile, the selector’s one-armed bandit also threw up the name Chris Tremlett. Remember him? He’s the bowler that looks like a cross between Frankenstein and the Incredible Hulk, but has a...

Born Eoin-er

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Excuse the cheesy headline. That kind of pun belongs in the Daily Star rather than a well regarded highbrow cricket website (what, you mean like cricinfo? – ed). However, I can’t get away from the fact that Eoin Morgan is indeed a born winner. There’s something about the aggressive way he bats and that steely look in his eyes. It’s also his unorthodox technique, which hasn’t quite hit the heights...

Spot-fixing banter

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Thanks to TFT reader Harmy’s Head for sending this update from the Rose Bowl: “The crowd are singing to Ajmal…’how much for a boundary, how much for a boun-dary?’ Banter will only go downhill from here I fear’. It was only a matter of time. Whatever the subject matter, English cricket spectators will always find a way of puncturing cricket’s pomposity and...

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