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.

402, 2011

Broad set to play in seventh ODI

By |February 4th, 2011|Categories: News|1 Comment

Calm down ladies. England’s blonde Adonis isn’t actually making a comeback yet. The headline refers to Stuart’s sister, Gemma. With practically every member of the squad carrying an injury at present, desperate times call for desperate measures. England won’t be able to call up replacements from outside the fifteen man squad during the World Cup, so why not try a [...]

202, 2011

Can we play Australia in seven test matches instead please?

By |February 2nd, 2011|Categories: News|2 Comments

Those of you who very sensibly decided to ignore all cricket after Ashes might not know that England lost to Australia again today. This time we couldn’t even defend 333. When the batsmen fire, the bowlers fold. When the bowlers fire, the batsmen fold. It has been the story of the VB series. […]

202, 2011

Cork’s exit highlights fall in standards

By |February 2nd, 2011|Categories: News|2 Comments

Over in Australia, England’s batsmen are suffering a loss of form and confidence which bodes ill for the World cup. But that’s far from the only worrying decline in performance levels within the English game. As evidence of the mounting crisis, we need look no further than Dominic Cork’s shock departure this weekend from Dancing On Ice. The Hampshire all-rounder [...]

102, 2011

Be Unkind, Rewind: Our top ten Aussie jokes from the Ashes

By |February 1st, 2011|Categories: News|2 Comments

The Aussies are having a bit of fun at our expense in the CB series at the moment, so let’s have a bit of fun at theirs. You might have seen a few of these before, but they’re still pretty funny second time around. Besides, there’s no harm rekindling those fond memories from December and early January. The sight of Ricky [...]

3101, 2011

Will fans suffer from Ashes burnout in 2013-14?

By |January 31st, 2011|Categories: News|13 Comments

  Let’s not talk about the fifth ODI. We’ll let the people of Brisbane have their fun. It was thoroughly decent of us to let them win. They deserve a bit of joy, right?! After KP auctioned his bat to raise funds for the victims of the Queensland floods, it was good to see our other batsmen in similarly charitable [...]

2801, 2011

Should Monty be going to the World Cup?

By |January 28th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |3 Comments

Imagine this. It’s the World Cup in Australia in 1992. The pitches are hard. Fast bowling is likely to be the key factor – yet the Windies omit Courtney Walsh from their squad because he can’t bat or field. Instead they select some Kieron Pollard clone because he’s more likely to score a few runs down the order. Madness? As [...]

2701, 2011

Keep summer sacrosanct

By |January 27th, 2011|Categories: Being an England supporter|6 Comments

Football. A juggernaut of greed and self-importance. A reckless behemoth which has sucked every penny of cash, every ounce of the public consciousness, out of the sporting biosphere and into its insatiable jaws. The wretched sport has one saving grace. Each midsummer, its relentless grind and hyperbole finally takes a pause, and we cricket fans can enjoy a few blissful [...]

2601, 2011

4th ODI – Trott gets the runs as England win at last

By |January 26th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |6 Comments

In what was surely the only relevant and meaningful game of the protracted CB series thus far 😉 England beat the Parrott Greens by 21 runs in Adelaide today. It was a much better performance all round – hell, it couldn’t have been any worse than the last three. Jonathan Trott was the hero with a typically stodgy but effective [...]

2501, 2011

England Physios in Burnout Scare

By |January 25th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: , |2 Comments

Speculation is mounting that Ben Langley, England’s new physiotherapist, is struggling with acute fatigue syndrome. The news comes as the squad’s injury list is mounting by the second. Since you’ve started reading this, Ajmal Shahzad has strained his jaw from sledging and Michael Yardy has sprained his wrist playing (bowling?) darts. The camp is also struggling with illness. Our number [...]

2401, 2011

England pair scoop honours

By |January 24th, 2011|Categories: News|1 Comment

Quick on the heels of their Ashes success, there was more silverware for the England team this weekend - when two of their top batsmen claimed the prize for Best Run Out at the British Comedy Awards. Andrew Strauss and Jonathan Trott triumphed after making a sensational late bid for the gong - with their acclaimed slapstick routine at the [...]

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