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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.

312, 2010

Day one at Adelaide

By | December 3rd, 2010|Categories: News|0 Comments

Looks like I picked the wrong day to tune in ten minutes late. I can’t have been the only one to do a double – even triple – take. 2-3! 2-3? Eh? Have they put that the Aussie way round, with the wickets first? After the Gabba, some commentators began describing Australia as ‘the new England’. In other words, a [...]

312, 2010

James Anderson: A tribute (and a bit of an apology)

By | December 3rd, 2010|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

Twenty five erratic overs, three miserable maidens, 108 runs conceded and just the one wicket. Those were Jimmy Anderson’s match figures the last time England played a test at Adelaide. The one wicket was about as worthless as it gets too: it was Glenn McGrath. This time, however, it’s all very different. Indeed, James Anderson the cricketer is very different [...]

212, 2010

My Adelaide nightmare revisited

By | December 2nd, 2010|Categories: Being an England supporter, Nostalgia|1 Comment

Ah, Adelaide. Australia’s most beautiful town. City of the churches, home of Australia’s most picturesque test venue. And the scene of England’s most painful defeat in living memory. The events of 2006, when we scored 551-6 declared in the first innings and still managed to lose by six wickets, sent a generation of England cricket fans into therapy. Post traumatic [...]

212, 2010

Bad news: Mitch is dropped

By | December 2nd, 2010|Categories: News|2 Comments

It's official - the hapless Mitchell Johnson, owner of cricket's least awe-inspiring moustache,  has been dropped for the Adelaide test. You'd have thought a few English batsmen would have done the decent thing, and got out to him on Monday, just to keep him in the side. But no.  Selfish gits. "I was a little out of form in the [...]

112, 2010

Blame it on the Cooley

By | December 1st, 2010|Categories: News|6 Comments

A couple of days ago we questioned whether England’s former bowling coach, Troy Cooley, was right to tinker with Jimmy Anderson’s action. Now the Aussies are questioning Cooley’s work with media punch-bag, Mitchell Johnson. According to Brett Mortimer, Johnson’s mentor in Queensland, the Australian coaches haven’t treated him right: ‘there are so many hangers-on around Mitch … the problems with [...]

3011, 2010

What should Australia do?

By | November 30th, 2010|Categories: News|0 Comments

Imagine you’re one of Australia’s fanatics for a second. Close your eyes and concentrate. Now put down your imaginary pie and think about what your team requires to win the second test. (You might also want to hide that copy of Playboy by the way). You’ve just seen your attack flayed by England at the Gabbattoir, so changes could be [...]

3011, 2010

TV commentary observation of the day

By | November 30th, 2010|Categories: Cricket on TV|0 Comments

From Wisden Cricketer's deputy editor Ed Craig, awarding his gongs to the winners and losers from the Gabba: Best and worst commentary "David Gower during Peter Siddle’s hat-trick: sounded like he was picking up his dry cleaning. "Mark Taylor during Peter Siddle’s hat-trick (as available on ITV4’s highlights): gave it everything you’d expect. Brilliant." A Also worth checking out their [...]

3011, 2010

What do you think of it so far?

By | November 30th, 2010|Categories: News|0 Comments

A big thank you to everyone who's been in touch with us during the first test and Ashes build-up. We've really appreciated all your comments and contributions, both here and via Twitter. The idea of The Full Toss is to represent the views and experiences of the everyday English cricket follower. So throughout the series, we'd love to hear your [...]

2911, 2010

Cook makes the critics eat their words – and also gives our coaches food for thought

By | November 29th, 2010|Categories: News|7 Comments

Yesterday Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott compiled the ninth highest partnership in test history. It was an incredible effort which secured the draw in style. Now the word ‘style’ isn’t one we’d usually associate with Trott and Cook. In fact, if Trott’s batting is a thing of beauty, then so is Ricky Ponting’s boat race. However, Cook’s batting in this match [...]

2911, 2010

Day five at the Gabba

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

Stumps: England (260 and 517-1) drew with Australia (481 and 107-1) 517-1. I'll say it again. 517-1. Five hundred and seventeen runs for one wicket. England's score against Australia, in a live Ashes test, at the Gabba of all places. 517-1. Get it printed on a t-shirt. Have it tattooed over your heart. At work, daub it in wombat's blood [...]

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