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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.

2309, 2010

Ashes squad announced – England turn to the ‘turbanator’

By | September 23rd, 2010|Categories: News|0 Comments

He’s back. Monty ‘the turbanator’ Panesar has been recalled to the England squad for this winter’s Ashes showdown. So order your Monty mask and songbook now at www.celebratelikeanutterwhenyoutakeawicket.com. Meanwhile, the selector’s one-armed bandit also threw up the name Chris Tremlett. Remember him? He’s the bowler that looks like a cross between Frankenstein and the Incredible Hulk, but has a body [...]

2309, 2010

Born Eoin-er

By | September 23rd, 2010|Categories: News|1 Comment

Excuse the cheesy headline. That kind of pun belongs in the Daily Star rather than a well regarded highbrow cricket website (what, you mean like cricinfo? – ed). However, I can’t get away from the fact that Eoin Morgan is indeed a born winner. There’s something about the aggressive way he bats and that steely look in his eyes. It’s [...]

2209, 2010

Spot-fixing banter

By | September 22nd, 2010|Categories: Being an England supporter|3 Comments

Thanks to TFT reader Harmy's Head for sending this update from the Rose Bowl: "The crowd are singing to Ajmal...'how much for a boundary, how much for a boun-dary?' Banter will only go downhill from here I fear'. It was only a matter of time. Whatever the subject matter, English cricket spectators will always find a way of puncturing cricket's pomposity [...]

2109, 2010

Fourth ODI review – reasons to be tearful (or at least get the hump)

By | September 21st, 2010|Categories: News|0 Comments

Yesterday was not a good day. We don’t mind when England lose (let’s face it, England defeats have hardly been a rare occurrence over the last decade) but off-field matters and the manner of the defeat have got right under my skin. Indeed, I think I could be the grumpiest man in the history of cricket. I’m even grumpier than [...]

2109, 2010

Ijaz Butt has a point

By | September 21st, 2010|Categories: News|Tags: |12 Comments

An atmosphere of tension and suspicion, suffused by recrimination and innuendo. Pakistan's entire reputation as a viable international cricketing nation on life-support. In such situations, the role of a test cricket board chairman is to play the diplomat, help smooth things over, and work constructively with all parties towards achieving resolution. And so, in walks Ijaz Butt and accuses the [...]

2009, 2010

Too much cricket, at the wrong time

By | September 20th, 2010|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

So how best to organise the final weeks of the cricket season, and showcase the fixture list's major set-piece events? What about...staging the third England v Pakistan ODI on a Friday, followed next day by the Clydesdale Bank 40 final, the biggest day of the domestic season. Then skip the Sunday - the most attractive day of the week to [...]

1909, 2010

Warwickshire saved by the Bell

By | September 19th, 2010|Categories: County Cricket|2 Comments

Warwickshire won the Clydesdale Bank 40 trophy on Saturday thanks to skipper Ian Bell, who scored a superb / fantastic / brilliant (or any other superlative you can think of) 107 off just 95 balls. Whilst the other batsmen in the match struggled to come to terms with the autumnal conditions, the England man compiled an innings of genuine quality [...]

1809, 2010

Raging Gul

By | September 18th, 2010|Categories: News|0 Comments

England’s chances of a whitewash in the ODI series against Pakistan were floored by Umar Gul yesterday. The paceman was simply unplayable in helpful conditions under the Oval floodlights. His match figures of 6-42 knocked the stuffing out of England when they were cruising to victory at 201-5. They never recovered. Instead the tail were simply blown away by a [...]

1409, 2010

Good light stopped play

By | September 14th, 2010|Categories: County Cricket|2 Comments

  Manchester folk don’t have a lot to smile about. They get the worst weather in the northern hemisphere and they get invaded by thousands of Japanese tourists every time one of their football teams (the one that wears red) has a home game. Those who attended the county championship division one encounter between Lancs and Notts on Tuesday had [...]

709, 2010

Twittergate – scorned stars are spitting the Dimi

By | September 7th, 2010|Categories: News|0 Comments

It seems as though every cricketer is having his say about Geoff Miller at the moment. Although Twitter is the usual place to do it, its one hundred and forty characters isn’t anywhere near enough space to give the selectors the barrage of foul and abusive language they surely deserve. Therefore we’re going to use the Full Toss to express our wrath. Dimi [...]

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