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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.

301, 2011

Day one at Sydney

By | January 3rd, 2011|Categories: News|2 Comments

  Stumps: Australia 134-4. Here's what was gratifying about today's play: it was somehow inevitable that, by the close, we'd be in control of the game. Australia began promisingly, and then submitted once again to the authority of our cricket. For so many years this would happen the other way around: we might have one good session, and threaten to [...]

201, 2011

The Ashes commentators: a form guide

By | January 2nd, 2011|Categories: Cricket on TV|15 Comments

For the last six weeks we’ve been scrutinising the form of the English and Australian players. In newspapers and blogs, no stone has been left unturned as we endlessly analyse how the two sides have shaped up. But what about the performance of an equally important squad of participants – the ex -players and pundits who keep us company through those [...]

101, 2011

So that was 2010 …

By | January 1st, 2011|Categories: Being an England supporter|0 Comments

The Sydney Test is not a cricket blogger’s friend. 2010 has  finished and we’re desperate to write a ‘review of the year’ art icle. However, it’s almost impossible to reach any solid conclusions until the fifth test has been completed. Couldn’t they have moved the Ashes forward a week? 😉 On one level the result at the SCG shouldn’t make too much difference to [...]

3112, 2010

KP goes back for Moores

By | December 31st, 2010|Categories: News|Tags: , |4 Comments

If there’s an elephant in the room, don’t expect Kevin Pietersen to ignore it. He’s more likely to pull its trunk and cause a stampede.  Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower have been getting a lot of praise since England retained the Ashes. So much so that many people have forgotten the circumstances in which they were appointed. KP isn’t one [...]

3112, 2010

An Ashes composite XI

By | December 31st, 2010|Categories: News|6 Comments

Which Australians would get in the England side? Or to put it another way - if you were to pick a test XI from both sets of players, who would you select? To get the ball rolling, here's the Full Toss's own choice - what's yours? 1. Andrew Strauss (captain) 2. Alastair Cook 3. Jonathan Trott 4. Kevin Pietersen 5. [...]

3012, 2010

Does it matter if we win at Sydney?

By | December 30th, 2010|Categories: News|9 Comments

We’d like to hear your thoughts today about the significance – or otherwise – of winning the final test at the SCG. But before we get on to that, a quick word on Ricky Ponting, whose broken finger has now ruled him out of the match. In his absence, Michael “what ever happened to my runs?” Clarke will captain, while [...]

2912, 2010

The Englishman’s Guide to Ashes Gloating

By | December 29th, 2010|Categories: News|13 Comments

There’s no point analysing on-field matters too much today. The Ashes have been retained! The important thing to do now is go and get drunk. I don’t care if you’re at work – you shouldn’t have gone in today. Make an excuse and find your nearest boozer. If there’s a Walkabout pub nearby, we recommend going there. You might not [...]

2912, 2010

England Retain The Ashes – Start the Bar!

By | December 29th, 2010|Categories: News|4 Comments

Anyone else put a bottle of champagne in the fridge before the start of play last night? I put in two. I’ve been waiting for England to triumph in Australia for twenty four years so I was going to make the most of it. When the final wicket fell, I even considered standing on the sofa and randomly spraying Bollinger [...]

2912, 2010

Day four at Melbourne

By | December 29th, 2010|Categories: News|0 Comments

And so it came to pass that England whooped Australia’s behinds by an innings and 157 runs and retained the Ashes at the MCG. And The Full Toss was well pleased. Hallelujah. What a Christmas the England cricket team has given us. A week ago, I really thought it would all go down to the final test. But it’s easy to [...]

2812, 2010

Day three at Melbourne

By | December 28th, 2010|Categories: News|2 Comments

Stumps: Australia 169-6 and 98. England 513. The living daydream continues. Is all this really happening? We are on the brink of a second innings-victory over Australia, in Australia, to retain the Ashes. Come again? The Baggy Greens pummeled us for eight consecutive Ashes series from 1989 to 2002/3, and punished our 2005 impudence by inflicting the 5-0 humiliation of [...]

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