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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.

2908, 2010

Record partnership will be questioned if Amir overstepped the line

By | August 29th, 2010|Categories: News|1 Comment

Imagine nailing your dream job and then going out to celebrate in a mood of euphoria. While you’re living it up in the pub, you beat Phil Taylor at darts, whip Tony Drago at pool, then get approached by a girl with supermodel looks who kisses you passionately and then begs you to take her home. Sounds like a result, [...]

2308, 2010

Well played, Butch

By | August 23rd, 2010|Categories: News|2 Comments

Looks like Mark Butcher's new career as a recording artist has got off to a good start. The former Surrey and England batsman has just released his debut album 'Songs From The Sun House' - and it's earned the following rave review from music-news.com: "As the opening organ riill of ‘Put Some Soul In It’ came pouring out of the [...]

1908, 2010

A plan to save county cricket

By | August 19th, 2010|Categories: County Cricket, Cricket on TV, ECB|5 Comments

Essex, Sussex and Somerset are trying to persuade the ECB not to reduce the number of T20 matches next season. Essex in particular have been vocal in their opposition – they claim they’ll have to make redundancies if their home matches are reduced from eight per season back to five. So what is the solution? Everybody agrees that the Friends [...]

1808, 2010

The ticket-sales ‘crisis’: blame the ECB, not the IPL

By | August 18th, 2010|Categories: Being an England supporter, Cricket on TV, ECB|4 Comments

Extraordinary times. Cricket’s ‘ticket sales crisis’ is now a mainstream news story – making the BBC 10 O’clock News, and page 9 of Monday’s Evening Standard. Admittedly, it’s mid-August and newsrooms need all the material they can lay their hands on. They’ve exaggerated the story, which has now taken on its own news-momentum. The more outlets pick up on it, the [...]

1608, 2010

Bonzer! Aussies launch new format for one-day cricket

By | August 16th, 2010|Categories: County Cricket, ECB|2 Comments

Sometimes it takes the straight talking Australians to get things done. Rather than simply lamenting the decline of domestic one-day cricket, those pioneering Aussies have decided to do something about it. Whereas the ECB have introduced various ineffectual and random reforms, such as cancelling all fifty over cricket and implementing a new forty over competition (whilst extending the T20 league [...]

1508, 2010

The Sunday roast

By | August 15th, 2010|Categories: News|2 Comments

A quick-round up of some of the weekend's talking points. Congratulations to new T20 champions Hampshire - and sincere commiserations to Somerset (losing finalists for the second successive year). What a remarkable finish!  If you were at the Rose Bowl, get in touch and tell us about what must have been an extraordinary atmosphere for the last few balls. The [...]

1208, 2010

It’s time to give Cook the chop

By | August 12th, 2010|Categories: News|5 Comments

Let me be frank about this from the beginning. I do not rate Alastair Cook. Never have, probably never will. On the eve of the U-19 world cup in 2004 I had heard rumours that we had unearthed a teenage sensation who was about to take the cricketing world by storm. The experts on TV and in the broadsheets informed [...]

908, 2010

Bring down the price of test match tickets

By | August 9th, 2010|Categories: Being an England supporter, ECB|5 Comments

The cricket media have finally spotted the link between exorbitant ticket prices and poor attendance. Or at least Jonathan Agnew and the BBC online team have - in what's become a major talking point of the Edgbaston test. Far too often, cricket journalists disparage poor attendance as evidence of uninterest or disloyalty - forgetting that unlike spectators, they not only enter [...]

508, 2010

England’s coach journey to number 1?

By | August 5th, 2010|Categories: News|5 Comments

A very thought-provoking article by Simon Hughes in today's Daily Telegraph. He argues that England's forensic coaching techniques and vigorous attention to detail are propelling our side to the top of the world rankings. As he points out, our test record since February 2009 is P20 W10 D8 L2. But six of those wins were against weak Bangladeshi and West Indian [...]

208, 2010

Is Anderson really king of the swingers, or is he still Jimmy (the) Riddle?

By | August 2nd, 2010|Categories: News|2 Comments

Eat your heart out Terry Alderman. And as for you, Ben Hilfenhaus, kindly move over. There’s a new swinger in town. Well, to be totally accurate, James Anderson is hardly new. He’s now 28 years old and he’s played 49 test matches. But people outside of Lancashire (and the Anderson family) are finally beginning to call Jimmy ‘the best swing [...]

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