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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.

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 - [...]

612, 2010

Day four at Adelaide

By |December 6th, 2010|Categories: News|0 Comments

It’s tense, really tense. Three results are still possible in the second test: an England win, a draw, or a win for the weather. Even the most pessimistic England fans must now realise an Australian victory is about as likely as FIFA giving the World Cup to the country with the best bid. The unbearable thing is that our fate now rests [...]

512, 2010

Kevin Pietersen: Not bad for half a batsman

By |December 5th, 2010|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

  It matters not that this Adelaide pitch is flatter than the flattest pancake – or perhaps flatter than a medieval map that claims the whole world is flat – Kevin Pietersen’s 213no was an education in precise attacking batting. It was a remarkable effort. But what was even more remarkable was the fact he didn’t play a single shot [...]

512, 2010

Day three at Adelaide

By |December 5th, 2010|Categories: News|2 Comments

Pessimism is the definitive trait of the English cricket follower. That's why we've been racking our brains for ways in which England could still lose this test match. And I think we've found it. If Strauss declares overnight, and Australia bat robustly till sometime after lunch on the last day, their lead will be around 125 - just enough to [...]

412, 2010

Day two at Adelaide

By |December 4th, 2010|Categories: News|3 Comments

Looks like we chose the wrong series to predict a nightmare for Alastair Cook. In fairness, we weren't the only ones who failed to foresee his transformation from the hapless klutz of the last two years into some kind of cross between Don Bradman and WG Grace. Presumably, Cook is an avid Full Toss reader - and our criticism galvanised [...]

312, 2010

Day one at Adelaide

By |December 3rd, 2010|Categories: News|0 Comments

Looks like I picked the wrong day to tune in ten minutes late. I can’t have been the only one to do a double – even triple – take. 2-3! 2-3? Eh? Have they put that the Aussie way round, with the wickets first? After the Gabba, some commentators began describing Australia as ‘the new England’. In other words, a [...]

312, 2010

James Anderson: A tribute (and a bit of an apology)

By |December 3rd, 2010|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

Twenty five erratic overs, three miserable maidens, 108 runs conceded and just the one wicket. Those were Jimmy Anderson’s match figures the last time England played a test at Adelaide. The one wicket was about as worthless as it gets too: it was Glenn McGrath. This time, however, it’s all very different. Indeed, James Anderson the cricketer is very different [...]

212, 2010

My Adelaide nightmare revisited

By |December 2nd, 2010|Categories: Being an England supporter, Nostalgia|1 Comment

Ah, Adelaide. Australia’s most beautiful town. City of the churches, home of Australia’s most picturesque test venue. And the scene of England’s most painful defeat in living memory. The events of 2006, when we scored 551-6 declared in the first innings and still managed to lose by six wickets, sent a generation of England cricket fans into therapy. Post traumatic [...]

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