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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.

2311, 2010

Serena Botham – and why Australia will be so hard to beat

By | November 23rd, 2010|Categories: Cricket on TV|Tags: |1 Comment

I bet you a thousand pounds that Ian Botham’s Sky contract includes the stipulation that he must be referred to, at all times, as ‘Sir’ Ian. How else to explain the extraordinary, forelock-tugging obsequiousness of his Sky Sports colleagues, who are now compelled to defer to him as some kind of feudal overlord. He’s not just ‘Sir Ian’ for formal [...]

2311, 2010

The Commentators’ Ashes

By | November 23rd, 2010|Categories: Fun|4 Comments

At 11pm GMT tomorrow, England and Australia’s cricketers will be stretching their limbs, applying their war paint, and counting their jelly beans in preparation for the first Ashes test. But what about the battle of the commentators? The rivalry inside the Gabba media centre will be equally intense as the likes of David Lloyd and Richie Benaud dust off their [...]

2211, 2010

Just to get you in the mood…

By | November 22nd, 2010|Categories: Nostalgia|Tags: |1 Comment

With less than three days to go, and the nerves starting to jangle, we've decided to adopt a twin-pronged policy here at The Full Toss. 1. Unabashed patriotism. 2. Reminiscing about great Ashes moments of the past, just in case it all goes pear shaped from midnight on Thursday morning. And what better way to start than with this... [...]

2211, 2010

History has taught Ashes rivals little

By | November 22nd, 2010|Categories: News|11 Comments

The omission of Nathan Hauritz from Australia’s squad for Brisbane sadly wasn’t a surprise. The press had been talking up Steve Smith (first class average 50) and Xavier Doherty (average 48) ever since Hauritz dared to have a couple of bad matches in India. Admittedly, Hauritz has a similarly underwhelming record in Shield cricket, but his test record is pretty [...]

1911, 2010

Sky’s Ashes Adverts: Pick up a bat and wallop an Aussie

By | November 19th, 2010|Categories: Cricket on TV|3 Comments

  Four years ago, Sky would never have positioned our cricketers backstage at a coliseum in the vicinity of roaring lions. The expectation would’ve been ‘it’s feeding time’ for the big cats. Confidence is so high this time round, however, that Sky’s latest advert for the Ashes portrays Pietersen and Co as gladiators, about to avenge the wrongs of 2006/07. It’s optimistic, [...]

1811, 2010

ITV to show Ashes highlights

By | November 18th, 2010|Categories: Cricket on TV|Tags: |8 Comments

Good news - TV viewers in Britain will be able to watch an hour of Ashes highlights on free-to-air television, every day of the series. ITV yesterday announced they'd secured the rights to the coverage, which will be screened on ITV4, so you'll need to have Freeview or other digital service to get access. The idea of cricket on ITV [...]

1711, 2010

Aussie woes continue, but Smudge won’t budge

By | November 17th, 2010|Categories: News|0 Comments

Things have definitely gone topsy turvy down under. The Canary Yellows’ Ashes build-up has been a mirror image of England’s feeble preparations four years ago. Injuries have ravaged their squad, nobody knows what their best team is, and their batsmen can’t buy a run. And now Monty Panesar is taking unbelievable diving one-handed catches. It’s all a bit surreal. Just [...]

1711, 2010

Monty takes a blinder

By | November 17th, 2010|Categories: News|Tags: |1 Comment

We guarantee you'll watch this several times just to convince yourself it really happened. Blimey! The footage comes from today's action in the Australia A v England at Hobart. At stumps we were 22-1 after bowling the hosts out for 230; Chris Tremlett the star performer with 4-54.

1611, 2010

Australia’s bunch of crocks?

By | November 16th, 2010|Categories: News|3 Comments

In Billy Birmingham’s hilarious parody of England’s last Ashes tour, the 12th Man revelled in England’s misfortunes with injury. The story even referred to a spoof print of the Poms’ walking wounded, which included a ball lodged in Paul Collingwood’s teeth and Steve Harmison paralysed by home sickness. The photographic montage, which was memorably called ‘a bunch of crocks’, was priced at a very reasonable [...]

1211, 2010

So Cook doesn’t have a prayer, eh Chappell?

By | November 12th, 2010|Categories: News|3 Comments

One of the lowlights of the pre-Ashes media banter is the kicking our lads usually get in the Australian press. I would write ‘gutter press’, but that goes without saying  – there is no highbrow press down under. Unfortunately for the critics however, England have started the tour pretty well. We beat Western Australia in fine style, and we’re well poised [...]

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