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.

1611, 2018

Kandy Man

By |November 16th, 2018|Categories: SL v Eng 2018, Test Cricket|24 Comments

Roooooooot. I love it when Joe scores runs. It's entertaining to watch and it gives the whole side a fillip. This innings was particularly important because it has established (potentially) a winning position. It was also made against the turning ball when the rest of the batsmen generally struggled a bit. If Alastair Cook had made these runs it would've [...]

1611, 2018

Caribbean Cricket Cruise with ITC Sports Travel

By |November 16th, 2018|Categories: Sponsored|1 Comment

There’s nothing quite like experiencing cricket in the Caribbean. With a soundtrack of calypso, reggae and soca, matches here are invariably exciting, full-blooded affairs. Combine this with a fantastic climate, swaying palms, plenty of sunshine and the odd drop of rum and you’ve got the perfect recipe for the ultimate cricketing experience. ITC Sports Travel specialises in touring the world [...]

1411, 2018

Day 1 at Kandy

By |November 14th, 2018|Categories: SL v Eng 2018, Test Cricket|17 Comments

First of all a confession. I wasn't able to watch much of today's play because I had a symposium at work. Therefore the following report is a mixture of second hand opinions and guesswork. However, I don't think it takes a genius to work out what happened. Perhaps I should've just cut and paste my review of day 1 at [...]

1411, 2018

A Gunn and Moore XI

By |November 14th, 2018|Categories: Nostalgia|8 Comments

When you’re sent a line-up and your first reaction is “Wow. What an XI”, you know you’re onto a good team. Anyway, Alex Ferguson put together his best-ever Gunn & Moore XI following on from a piece on this ‘ere blog about the All-Time Duncan Fearnley XI. While Duncan Fearnley had its heyday, GM has boasted a constant stream of fantastic [...]

1211, 2018

Bairstow In? Buttler Up? England’s XI For Kandy

By |November 12th, 2018|Categories: SL v Eng 2018, Test Cricket|32 Comments

It's time for a bold statement. It doesn't particularly matter what specific XI England pick at Kandy nor the order they bat in. We will win the match (weather permitting) and go on to win the series comfortably. And now for the caveat: England will win comfortably unless Sri Lanka improve big time. The problem for the hosts is that [...]

1011, 2018

The Wartime XI

By |November 10th, 2018|Categories: Nostalgia|19 Comments

Heeding no advantage, asserting no virtue, claiming no righteousness, the August volunteers marched away, the vanguard of a generation doomed to die untimely … There was no estimating the extent to which creative thought was depleted, or the cost to learning, literature and science of the destruction of so many strong and cultivated intelligences. Reginald Pound (Great War veteran and [...]

811, 2018

Galle Day 3 – Jennings Sweeps His Way To A Hundred

By |November 8th, 2018|Categories: SL v Eng 2018, Test Cricket|57 Comments

It looks like this game is in the bag. There's always a chance that something miraculous might happen - although Sri Lanka aren't exactly blessed with many miracle workers - but one would expect England to romp home quite comfortably from here. I guess the rain might make an unwelcome return too, but we probably only need one of the [...]

711, 2018

Galle – Day 2

By |November 7th, 2018|Categories: SL v Eng 2018|8 Comments

Well this is rather pleasant isn't it? England are currently sitting pretty with a lead of 177 and all ten wickets still intact. The only thing that can stop us winning this test match is the weather. Famous last words. The day couldn't have gone much better. Ben Foakes completed a debut century in the morning - the only other [...]

611, 2018

Galle – Day 1

By |November 6th, 2018|Categories: SL v Eng 2018|34 Comments

Ben Foakes. Where have you been? Maybe there's some magic spell which automatically turns England No.7s into world beaters (and our number 3s into frogs) or maybe, just maybe, the selectors and all the so-called experts got Surrey's keeper all wrong. This lad can bat. He's justified his place in the side and he hasn't even put his keeping gloves [...]

511, 2018

Selection Dilemmas And Scheduling Ineptitude

By |November 5th, 2018|Categories: SL v Eng 2018|21 Comments

So then. After a few weeks of inactivity, and a series of farcically wet ODIs which captured precisely nobody's imagination, we've finally got some meaningful cricket to look forward to. There's just one problem: it's still monsoon season in Sri Lanka and I sense this pre-series buildup will be a complete waste of time. I've just looked up the Galle [...]

The TFT Interviews

From Freddie to the original FEC. We've spoken to some great people over the years.

The Full Toss talks to Simon Jones

Last week I had the pleasure of talking to Ashes favourite Simon Jones. I picked his brains about that famous series in 2005, his new book The Test and England's chances against Australia this summer. We also asked him for his thoughts on Kevin Pietersen, who has remained a good friend of Simon's since that [...]

By |July 1st, 2015|Categories: Interviews, News, PakvEng2015|9 Comments

Our Jonathan Agnew interview

Here's our interview with BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew - the backstory for which is here. It was a really interesting conversation, and we're very grateful to Aggers for finding the time to speak to us and share his thoughts. He discusses the recent criticism of the cricket media over [...]

By |May 28th, 2014|Categories: Interviews, News, PakvEng2015|40 Comments

The Full Toss Meets Andrew Flintoff

When Shell wanted an ambassador to help promote their new FuelSave range, Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff was the natural choice. There’s always been a connection between cricket, automobiles and people nicknamed Fred: The Flintstones' car looks exactly like a cricket pitch roller. Fortunately, today’s automobiles are rather more comfortable than the ‘Flintmobile’. Petrol technology is [...]

By |July 22nd, 2010|Categories: Interviews, News, PakvEng2015|2 Comments