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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.

509, 2010

Yasir Hameed on the spot in new match fixing allegations

By | September 5th, 2010|Categories: News|0 Comments

Either some of Pakistan’s cricketers are a little bit slow or the News of the World are bloody good. My money’s on the latter. Cricket fans woke up this morning to the news that the paper has now got footage of Yasir Hameed making admissions about alleged corruption in cricket. The Pakistani batsman seems to claim that fixing of some [...]

209, 2010

Young and innocent – the latest on the spot-fixing scandal, plus a tribute (of sorts) to Owais Shah

By | September 2nd, 2010|Categories: County Cricket|4 Comments

Mohammad Amir, Salman Butt and, to a lesser extent, Mohammad Asif, are young cricketers. To a man, or boy, they are suffering under the strain of the recent spot fixing allegations. This is why, according to Wajid Shamsul Hasan, Pakistan’s high commissioner to the UK, they have been withdrawn from the forthcoming ODI series against England. Asif has been embroiled in [...]

3108, 2010

Pakistan lose the plot, but filmmakers may have found one

By | August 31st, 2010|Categories: News|2 Comments

Sorry Invictus fans, but I’ve got a better idea for a sports docudrama. We enjoyed watching Steve Bucknor fulfil his lifelong ambition of playing Nelson Mandela in Clint Eastwood’s recent film about the 1995 rugby world cup, but overall the film didn’t cut it. We wanted to see Brad Pitt play the chef who famously – sorry, I mean allegedly [...]

3008, 2010

Pakistan need our support

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

Who'd be a Pakistan supporter? We might find it hard going sometimes as England fans, but can you imagine for a moment what it must be like in their camp right now? Due to terrorism, Pakistan can't play at home, severely compromising their effectiveness. Their tour of Australia ended in a whitewash and acrimony. Captains resign every ten minutes. The [...]

2908, 2010

Record partnership will be questioned if Amir overstepped the line

By | August 29th, 2010|Categories: News|1 Comment

Imagine nailing your dream job and then going out to celebrate in a mood of euphoria. While you’re living it up in the pub, you beat Phil Taylor at darts, whip Tony Drago at pool, then get approached by a girl with supermodel looks who kisses you passionately and then begs you to take her home. Sounds like a result, [...]

2308, 2010

Well played, Butch

By | August 23rd, 2010|Categories: News|2 Comments

Looks like Mark Butcher's new career as a recording artist has got off to a good start. The former Surrey and England batsman has just released his debut album 'Songs From The Sun House' - and it's earned the following rave review from music-news.com: "As the opening organ riill of ‘Put Some Soul In It’ came pouring out of the [...]

1908, 2010

A plan to save county cricket

By | August 19th, 2010|Categories: County Cricket, Cricket on TV, ECB|5 Comments

Essex, Sussex and Somerset are trying to persuade the ECB not to reduce the number of T20 matches next season. Essex in particular have been vocal in their opposition – they claim they’ll have to make redundancies if their home matches are reduced from eight per season back to five. So what is the solution? Everybody agrees that the Friends [...]

1808, 2010

The ticket-sales ‘crisis’: blame the ECB, not the IPL

By | August 18th, 2010|Categories: Being an England supporter, Cricket on TV, ECB|4 Comments

Extraordinary times. Cricket’s ‘ticket sales crisis’ is now a mainstream news story – making the BBC 10 O’clock News, and page 9 of Monday’s Evening Standard. Admittedly, it’s mid-August and newsrooms need all the material they can lay their hands on. They’ve exaggerated the story, which has now taken on its own news-momentum. The more outlets pick up on it, the [...]

1608, 2010

Bonzer! Aussies launch new format for one-day cricket

By | August 16th, 2010|Categories: County Cricket, ECB|2 Comments

Sometimes it takes the straight talking Australians to get things done. Rather than simply lamenting the decline of domestic one-day cricket, those pioneering Aussies have decided to do something about it. Whereas the ECB have introduced various ineffectual and random reforms, such as cancelling all fifty over cricket and implementing a new forty over competition (whilst extending the T20 league [...]

1508, 2010

The Sunday roast

By | August 15th, 2010|Categories: News|2 Comments

A quick-round up of some of the weekend's talking points. Congratulations to new T20 champions Hampshire - and sincere commiserations to Somerset (losing finalists for the second successive year). What a remarkable finish!  If you were at the Rose Bowl, get in touch and tell us about what must have been an extraordinary atmosphere for the last few balls. The [...]

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