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.

501, 2011

Day three at Sydney

By |January 5th, 2011|Categories: News|13 Comments

Stumps: England 488-7. Australia 280. Memo to England's batsmen: very, very well done. The mark of a champion team is their depth of resolve with the bat. Today, our batsmen approached their task with total authority, and transformed a slightly perilous position into a virtually impregnable one. In the past, we would have collapsed by lunch. Cook batted beautifully - [...]

401, 2011

Is Captain Sensible any better than Captain Cranky?

By |January 4th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: , |0 Comments

Just because a plan has been successful doesn’t mean that another strategy wouldn’t have worked even better. The foot and mouth outbreak a few years ago was eventually contained, but Tony Blair often had his foot in his mouth during the crisis. Similarly, Australia won the third test at Perth, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they picked the right XI [...]

401, 2011

Day two at Sydney

By |January 4th, 2011|Categories: News|2 Comments

Stumps: England 167-3. Australia 280. I've got a bad feeling about this. And here's a very unpleasant notion to savour: Mitchell Johnson's runs may have squared the series for Australia. In terms of the way Australia have bowled for most of our innings, and the way we bowled (and they batted) for most of theirs, 2-2 would be a travesty. [...]

301, 2011

Pup still in the dog house

By |January 3rd, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: |2 Comments

Yesterday was another bad day in what has been a horrible year for Michael Clarke. Not long ago, ‘Pup’ was the golden boy of Australian cricket. As Ricky Ponting’s form declined, Clarke was not only captain elect of the world’s number one test team, he was probably the Aussies’ best batsman too. Life was good. Clarke even had the world’s [...]

301, 2011

Day one at Sydney

By |January 3rd, 2011|Categories: News|2 Comments

  Stumps: Australia 134-4. Here's what was gratifying about today's play: it was somehow inevitable that, by the close, we'd be in control of the game. Australia began promisingly, and then submitted once again to the authority of our cricket. For so many years this would happen the other way around: we might have one good session, and threaten to [...]

201, 2011

The Ashes commentators: a form guide

By |January 2nd, 2011|Categories: Cricket on TV|15 Comments

For the last six weeks we’ve been scrutinising the form of the English and Australian players. In newspapers and blogs, no stone has been left unturned as we endlessly analyse how the two sides have shaped up. But what about the performance of an equally important squad of participants – the ex -players and pundits who keep us company through those [...]

101, 2011

So that was 2010 …

By |January 1st, 2011|Categories: Being an England supporter|0 Comments

The Sydney Test is not a cricket blogger’s friend. 2010 has  finished and we’re desperate to write a ‘review of the year’ art icle. However, it’s almost impossible to reach any solid conclusions until the fifth test has been completed. Couldn’t they have moved the Ashes forward a week? 😉 On one level the result at the SCG shouldn’t make too much difference to [...]

3112, 2010

KP goes back for Moores

By |December 31st, 2010|Categories: News|Tags: , |4 Comments

If there’s an elephant in the room, don’t expect Kevin Pietersen to ignore it. He’s more likely to pull its trunk and cause a stampede.  Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower have been getting a lot of praise since England retained the Ashes. So much so that many people have forgotten the circumstances in which they were appointed. KP isn’t one [...]

3112, 2010

An Ashes composite XI

By |December 31st, 2010|Categories: News|6 Comments

Which Australians would get in the England side? Or to put it another way - if you were to pick a test XI from both sets of players, who would you select? To get the ball rolling, here's the Full Toss's own choice - what's yours? 1. Andrew Strauss (captain) 2. Alastair Cook 3. Jonathan Trott 4. Kevin Pietersen 5. [...]

3012, 2010

Does it matter if we win at Sydney?

By |December 30th, 2010|Categories: News|9 Comments

We’d like to hear your thoughts today about the significance – or otherwise – of winning the final test at the SCG. But before we get on to that, a quick word on Ricky Ponting, whose broken finger has now ruled him out of the match. In his absence, Michael “what ever happened to my runs?” Clarke will captain, while [...]

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