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Welcome to TFT, one of the UK’s longest serving cricket blogs. We’ll be here throughout the season to debate, moan, and occasionally rejoice about the 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 an ordinary fan with something to say. Email james@thefulltoss.com for more info. Cheers.

3103, 2010

T20 world cup squad – selectors take a gamble, literally

By | March 31st, 2010|Categories: News|11 Comments

What exactly is our plan for the upcoming T20 tournament in the Windies? I could phone up Geoff Miller and ask him, but I doubt even the chairman of selectors knows. The rumour is that James Whitaker has a one-armed bandit in his living room. When he gets together with his fellow selectors, they allegedly replace the symbols with the [...]

2503, 2010

England taste victory – but did you like the cricket served up?

By | March 25th, 2010|Categories: News|Tags: |8 Comments

England’s victory in the most densely populated nation on earth was much like a Bangladeshi curry. It was bloody hot, devised by a Cook, and with Stuart Broad and Jamie Siddons at hand, proceedings often came with a side portion of argy bhaji. Unfortunately however, the cricket on offer failed to sizzle. Much of that was down to the moderate [...]

2203, 2010

The quiz

By | March 22nd, 2010|Categories: News|0 Comments

Good news: Ian Bell finally scores his first ever test century an an innings where no other batsman has also reached 100.  Bad news: it’s against Bangladesh.  Meanwhile, as England meander back into the game at Dhaka, we thought a little quiz was in order, if only to raise morale. E-mail your entry to maxie@thefulltoss.com . Answers will be published on Sunday 28th March. Good luck. 1. [...]

1603, 2010

Reflections on the test – is conservatism an English disease?

By | March 16th, 2010|Categories: ECB|3 Comments

No doubt a number of MCC members, if not all of them, will be voting conservative in the upcoming general election. It would be interesting to know how many are genuine Cameroons (that’s fans of David Cameron, not ageless footballer Roger Miller), or whether the English cricketing establishment is simply attracted to the word ‘conservative’ by instinct. After all, if [...]

1203, 2010

It’s just not test cricket

By | March 12th, 2010|Categories: News|1 Comment

Bangladesh have turned themselves into a useful one-day outfit. They have some flamboyant batsmen, useful all-rounders, and a couple of tidy spinners capable of stemming the run flow. What they don’t have, however, is dangerous pacemen, tactical awareness and self-discipline. Unfortunately for the hosts, these are the qualities that Test cricket requires. On Friday’s evidence, it’s easy to see why [...]

703, 2010

The ECB’s new friends at Conservative Central Office

By | March 7th, 2010|Categories: Cricket on TV, ECB|Tags: , , , |7 Comments

Few topics reveal the warped nature of ECB cricketing logic more vividly than their desperation to avoid returning The Ashes to terrestrial TV. And now Lord’s top brass will be pinning their hopes on a Conservative election victory in May. The party’s sports spokesman Hugh Robertson this week implied that a Tory government would not enforce the David Davies review’s [...]

1602, 2010

Afghanistan: cricket’s new frontier?

By | February 16th, 2010|Categories: News|4 Comments

. It’s hard to think of a more marvellous cricketing story in recent times than Afghanistan’s qualification this weekend for the World Twenty 20. At virtually the same moment as thousands of troops poured into Helmand for the Nato offensive, a thousand miles away in Dubai, the nation’s cricketers were beating Ireland by eight wickets to win the ICC T20 [...]

1801, 2010

England heading into uncharted waters with captain Cook

By | January 18th, 2010|Categories: News|11 Comments

Let’s just think about this for a second. On the one hand there’s Paul Collingwood – a senior pro with captaincy experience that commands the respect of his team mates (and who is, incidentally, already captain of the T20 side). On the other there’s Alastair Cook, a man with little to no captaincy experience, who doesn’t seem like a natural [...]

1601, 2010

Contrivance to cock-up: what the TV review system tells us about cricket

By | January 16th, 2010|Categories: Decision Review System|5 Comments

                                            . At the conclusion of this match, each side’s head-coach will select their ‘man of the series’. Andy Flower will most likely nominate the imperious Graeme Smith. Mickey Arthur will probably choose Daryl Harper.       It’s rarely either wise or useful to criticise on-field umpires. But the third official is another matter. On-field, the umpires must concentrate on every [...]

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