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.

3101, 2019

Goodbye Keaton Jennings. It Was Nice Knowing You.

By |January 31st, 2019|Categories: Player Spotlight|13 Comments

You’re a great close catcher. You're always smiling. I’ve seen you take selfies with kids on the boundary at The Oval, and even get a 50 for Lancashire at Finals Day. And yes, I think you look like Hollywood actor Matthew Lillard (see ‘Scream’ for details). But my God, you’ve been the most frustrating opening batsman to watch. The problem [...]

2901, 2019

What Should England Do? And What Will They Do?

By |January 29th, 2019|Categories: Test Cricket, Windies v England 2019|49 Comments

You'll see two very different questions in the headline above. The first is what England should do. In other words, what changes they should make to their team for Antigua. This involves looking a problem rationally and objectively. The second question asks what England will do. And this is rather complicated because it involves putting oneself in the shoes of [...]

2901, 2019

2019 IPL Preview

By |January 29th, 2019|Categories: Sponsored|3 Comments

The defending champions Chennai Super Kings will open up the 2019 season on the 29th of March in the M.A Chidambaram Check Stadium, Tamil Nadu. Here they will face the Sun Risers Hyderabad, the team they beat by 8 wickets in the 2018 final. This is sure to be a great way to start the 2019 IPL season. Will these [...]

2701, 2019

Chase Is On The Case

By |January 27th, 2019|Categories: Test Cricket, Windies v England 2019|59 Comments

Those of you with young kids might know a cute / irritating cartoon called Paw Patrol. It’s about a band of puppies who solve crimes and generally frustrate the evil machinations of the feline group 'Cat-astrophe'. One of the puppies is called Chase. And he’s as harmless as wet cotton wool. A bit like Roston Chase’s bowling in fact. The [...]

2601, 2019

Holder Of All The Cards

By |January 26th, 2019|Categories: Test Cricket, Windies v England 2019|15 Comments

What can you say when you’ve just been flayed to all parts by a No.8 and No.7 batsman? Two guys who barely average 30 in test cricket. Sure they’re good players - most cricketers are talented at test level - but this wasn’t Adam Gilchrist destroying our ‘attack’. It was the captain and wicket keeper of a team that usually [...]

2401, 2019

Anderson Saves England’s Blushes

By |January 24th, 2019|Categories: Test Cricket, Windies v England 2019|30 Comments

He's pretty good, isn't he. Jimmy Anderson, England's best cricketer for years, proved once again that age is no barrier in professional cricket. I would say it's no barrier in life in general, but judging by the way my hangovers seem to get worse and worse every year, I think that would be stretching things - almost as much as [...]

2301, 2019

Best-Ever Combined England Vs West Indies XI

By |January 23rd, 2019|Categories: Nostalgia|45 Comments

I know what you're thinking. It would be easier for us to simply put the great West Indies team of the 70s and 80s into the best-ever England vs West Indies combined XI. But we’re trying to find some semblance of balance here. Before I get stuck in I should make it clear that this is an XI comprised of [...]

2101, 2019

Let’s Make Them Wobble: Windies Series Preview

By |January 21st, 2019|Categories: Test Cricket, Windies v England 2019|19 Comments

England's test series against the Windies starts on Wednesday, so it's time to invoke the spirit of Tony Greig and Colin Graves by making some ill thought through predictions. Surely we can't lose to this 'mediocre' lot? Let's make them, erm, wobble. However, although over-confidence has proved England's demise in the Caribbean before - don't forgot we've only ever beaten [...]

1501, 2019

That ECB Strategy Document Translated

By |January 15th, 2019|Categories: Talking Points|43 Comments

It’s time to “come together” for the greater good. It’s time to rally behind a plan - the only plan on the table. Sounds like Theresa May’s Brexit pitch doesn’t it? But actually this was pretty much the message conveyed by the gruesome twosome, Tom Harrison and Colin Graves, as the ECB launched their strategy document for 2020 to 2024 [...]

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