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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.

1912, 2010

Day four at Perth (well an hour of it, anyway)

By | December 19th, 2010|Categories: News|2 Comments

I’m sure you don’t want to read about England’s predictably meek surrender in Perth this morning, so let’s talk about something else. I quite like speculating about Perth’s long-term sustainability as a city. Apparently, water shortages in the Western Australian capital are now so severe that the city might have to be abandoned in the next twenty years or so. [...]

1812, 2010

Day three at Perth

By | December 18th, 2010|Categories: News|2 Comments

Stumps: England 81-5 and 187. Australia 268 and 309. Oh Christ. That last session has changed everything. Until then, this was a competitive, scrappy match in which Australia held the edge, mainly because their tail had wagged after a first innings batting collapse, while ours had not. We'd done pretty well to restrict them to a second innings 309, on [...]

1812, 2010

Pie-chucker makes the critics eat their words

By | December 18th, 2010|Categories: News|Tags: |6 Comments

It has taken me forty eight hours to find the willpower to write something about events at Perth. I’ve been avoiding the Ashes since the first session of day two. I even avoided the news channels in case there was a sports update. And I’ve particularly avoided tattoo parlours that specialise in ridiculous and effeminate cherry blossom designs. The reason, of course, is that [...]

1712, 2010

Day two at Perth

By | December 17th, 2010|Categories: News|5 Comments

Stumps: Australia 119-3 and 268. England 187. I hate to say 'I told you so', but... It was obviously all too good to last. And impossible that England would go through an entire series in Australia without a day like this. The big question is - how many more will there be? As now seems obvious, we became a little [...]

1612, 2010

The catches of Collingwood

By | December 16th, 2010|Categories: News|0 Comments

Colly's amazing catch today underlines his status as the best England fielder for a generation - and perhaps one of the greatest catchers the game has ever known. The Daily Telegraph lists five of his most remarkable efforts, including this ripper off Matt Hayden in 2005:  

1612, 2010

Australia’s ‘WACAs’ not up to test standard

By | December 16th, 2010|Categories: News|Tags: , |3 Comments

WACAs, ‘whackers’, you get the idea. Australia batted unbelievably poorly on day one at Perth. Only one batsman was out to a ball he could do nothing about – and that was the exasperatingly exemplary Mike Hussey. The rest of them got out to shots that were as ill advised as the selection of Australia’s final XI. What on earth [...]

1612, 2010

Day one at Perth

By | December 16th, 2010|Categories: News|4 Comments

Stumps: England 29-0. Australia 268. The Perth test poses special challenges for the English cricket follower. At the other four Australian venues, we watch a couple of hours' play, go to bed, then wake up in the morning too nervous to even look at the score in case we've made a mess of it. At Perth, where play doesn't begin [...]

1512, 2010

Confusion reigns at the WACA

By | December 15th, 2010|Categories: News|Tags: , , |6 Comments

I’ve got to admit it. I haven’t got a clue how to preview this match. We don’t know what the pitch will be like. Reports vary from ‘as fast as Kevin Pietersen in a Lamborghini’ to ‘as slow as an Australian selector’s brain’ – talking of which, we don’t have a clue what the Australian team is going to be [...]

1312, 2010

Tremlett is your choice for Perth

By | December 13th, 2010|Categories: News|0 Comments

Thanks to everyone who voted in our poll about which England seamer should replace the injured Stuart Broad for the WACA test which begins on Thursday. It seems as if most of you instinctively felt the tall, rangy Chris Tremlett will offer the greatest penetration on the Perth wicket. The results were: Chris Tremlett 57% Ajmal Shahzad 28% Tim Bresnan [...]

1212, 2010

Aussie bowler in ‘taking wickets’ shock

By | December 12th, 2010|Categories: News|Tags: , |3 Comments

Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit, but on the Full Toss we like to sink even lower. Consequently we’d like to recommend Victoria’s Clint McKay for the Australian test team. It just makes sense. If Michael Beer can get a gig after recording match figures of 5-207 against England in a meaningless warm-up game, then McKay’s 4-92 surely warrants [...]

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