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We are the champions…of the world!

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For the first time ever, we can say – we are the world champions! How impossibly delicious those words sound, whatever you may think of Twenty 20. So nice, indeed, I’m going to say them again: we are the world champions! Say them as often as you can. Say them to everyone in the office – especially your Australian collegues.  Tattoo them on your forehead. Tell your aged...

Things we like about the World T20 so far…

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(Getty Images) 1. England doing really well. In fact we’ve probably been the best team of the tournament, as it currently stands.  How long can it last? 2. Kieswetter and Morgan. 3. KP back to his best. 4. South Africa were rubbish. 5. Witnessing the West Indies host a popular and successful tournament – in contrast to the dreadful 2007 World Cup. 6. Full stadiums; West Indian...

World’s best ringer

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If you’re one short for your side this Sunday, perhaps you should try and rope in Oliver Hardaker.
The 17 year old from Bradford made a remarkable 329 in a village 40 over game at the weekend. His record-breaking innings included 27 sixes and 28 fours.
Does anyone have his phone number?

Frank Duckworth defends system

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The eponymous co-creator of the D/L method today countered Paul Collingwood’s criticisms, blaming England’s defeat on the eight wides they bowled, and suggesting the ICC reconsider whether 5 overs a side should constitute a legitimate match.

A manifesto for English cricket

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On the eve of the general election, The Full Toss today sets out a manifesto for English cricket followers. Regardless of tomorrow’s result – and politicians care little for sport – here are five reforms which, we argue, are urgently needed to protect and strengthen our game. But isn’t it rather a shame we don’t get to vote for the ECB? 1. England home test matches...

County championship may be extended to 21 teams

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More details have emerged this week of how the ECB plan to reform the county championship. Before you try and get your head around all the options on the table, be warned – you’ll need an awful lot of patience, and a degree in ECB-ology. The headline idea is an absolute classic. Everyone agrees there’s too much cricket, and too many cricketers. The solution? *Expand* the...

The ten most memorable England test wins of the 2000s

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1. V West Indies, Lord’s, 2000 The turning point. From one-nil down, we went on to win the series – the first against WI for 31 years – before beating both Pakistan and Sri Lanka the following winter. An era of success, which climaxed at the Oval in 2005, began here. The match itself was a breathless classic – and remember, West Indies were still a decent side then. 21 wickets fell on the second...

The next England captain

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If  you haven’t already,  don’t forget to vote in our poll about what should happen when Straussy finally hangs up his cap. Did Cook do enough in Bangladesh to inherit what the ECB have long thought to be his birthright? Should KP get a second chance? Or is Stuart Broad, with his sharp cricket brain and ambition, the real future for the side? Perhaps you think it’s none of the...

Quiz answers

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Whoops! We’ve been a little tardy in providing the answers to our most recent quiz. So here they are. Thanks to everyone who entered. 1. Who was the leading wicket-taker for England in the 2000s? Matthew Hoggard (248) 2. Who is the only England bowler ever to take 50 wickets in a calendar year? Graeme Swann, in 2009. 3. On three occasions a side has won a test match after following on. Name...

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