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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.

1212, 2010

BBC Sports Personality: let’s get behind Swanny

By | December 12th, 2010|Categories: News|0 Comments

David Steele, 1975.  Ian Botham, 1981. Andrew Flintoff, 2005. The last three cricketers to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award. By next Sunday night, could we add to the list Graeme Swann, 2010? England's irrepressible spinner, currently the No.2 ranked bowler in the world, is one of ten candidates for the award, which will be decided by [...]

1012, 2010

Who else will Australia pick?

By | December 10th, 2010|Categories: News|0 Comments

Shane Warne’s apparent decision not to make a comeback for the WACA test has left a sense of anti-climax. Meanwhile, Australia surprise selection of Michael Beer has revealed their desperation to identify the wildcard individual who can restore their Ashes fortunes. If they can pick him, maybe they can pick anyone. So who else might Andrew Hilditch turn to? In [...]

1012, 2010

Will the momentum swing behind Bresnan?

By | December 10th, 2010|Categories: News|0 Comments

Thanks to everyone who's voted in our poll on which England bowler should replace Stuart Broad at the WACA. Chris Tremlett took a clear lead in the early voting, polling 56% to Shahzad's 29% and Bresnan's 6%. But has the first day performance at Melbourne changed the picture? Bresnan was the only England seamer to pick up a wicket against [...]

1012, 2010

English Beer is better than Australia’s

By | December 10th, 2010|Categories: News|Tags: |16 Comments

You’ve got to laugh at the Aussie selectors. It seems they’re playing a game of Simon Says with media pundits. Or should that be ‘Shane’ Says? After all, nobody had heard of their latest recruit, Michael Beer, before Shane Warne gave him a ringing endorsement on Tuesday. Mike Beer has only played five first class matches and taken sixteen wickets [...]

912, 2010

Yes we’ve got Swann, but we shouldn’t count our chickens just yet

By | December 9th, 2010|Categories: News|Tags: , , |5 Comments

It’s brilliant we won in Adelaide. The media reaction has been suitably euphoric. In fact, if I was awarded a run for every article I’ve read discussing ‘England’s greatest victories’ in the last fourty eight hours, my batting average might be pushing three figures. But the cricket statisticians have overlooked one important fact. What happened after our last innings victory overseas [...]

812, 2010

Shane Warne to replace Ponting as Australia captain?

By | December 8th, 2010|Categories: News|Tags: |5 Comments

There’s a rumour circulating the poker tables of Las Vegas that Shane Warne, Australia’s favourite spin wizard and cheeky commentator, has been approached to make a comeback at the WACA. But the speculation doesn’t end there. Apparently Warney is seriously considering it, but on one condition – he returns as skipper. Warne is currently keeping his cards close to his [...]

812, 2010

Handbags at dawn

By | December 8th, 2010|Categories: News|0 Comments

Excellent story from the Guardian's 'The Spin' column about the latest alleged bust-up between two of the most pugnacious Ians in Ashes history - Botham and Chappell. "The two men were reportedly pulled away from each other in the car park outside the Adelaide Oval after Botham reacted badly to a "provocative comment" by Chappell after the fourth day of [...]

712, 2010

Australia on their knees in the city of churches – no thanks to the Aussie hacks

By | December 7th, 2010|Categories: News|9 Comments

Just under an hour and a half. Eighty nine minutes. That’s how long it took  Australia to capitulate to an innings and 71 run defeat at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday morning. It was their first innings defeat at home for seventeen years, and England’s one hundredth win against the baggy greens. It all adds up to an enormous headache for Ricky [...]

712, 2010

Day five at Adelaide

By | December 7th, 2010|Categories: News|10 Comments

Sweet as a nut. And didn't it all seem rather easy in the end - despite our fears of rain or Australian resilience. As soon as Hussey went - oh, the joy of seeing the back of his silly white nose - the proceedings soon resembled a particularly facile exercise in pea-shelling. For now, let's just enjoy the moment - [...]

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