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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.

2607, 2018

Adil Rashid Selection Is An Insult

By | July 26th, 2018|Categories: Eng v Ind 2018, Test Cricket|66 Comments

Those who have listened to TMS over the years (and read the Economist) might have a solid insight into the mind of Ed Smith. I'll tell you what I gleaned. I saw someone who was articulate, intelligent, but somewhat enamoured with what I can only describe as 'thinking differently'. Clever people like to think differently. It makes them feel cleverer [...]

2507, 2018

The Hundred: A Crap Idea That Keeps Getting Crapper

By | July 25th, 2018|Categories: Talking Points|36 Comments

If I told you today that the ECB's new Hundred competition would involve ten overs of ten balls, all bowled from the same end, using florescent yellow balls, with only eight fielders allowed at any one time, you'd probably believe me. It doesn't matter how ridiculous an idea may seem. Anything and everything is now believable because a host of [...]

2407, 2018

Tears On My Pilau? India Series Preview

By | July 24th, 2018|Categories: Eng v Ind 2018, Test Cricket|18 Comments

After what seems like an eternity, test cricket returns to the English summer this week. This means that results, rather than having a good time, suddenly matter. The serious stuff is about to start folks. What's more, this upcoming series against India should be a humdinger. I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to it. Although I'll be [...]

1807, 2018


By | July 18th, 2018|Categories: Eng v Ind 2018, ODIs & T20|18 Comments

Yesterday's intriguing decider at Headlingley was a complete letdown if you're a neutral. Fortunately, I'm about as neutral as Fox News. Therefore the fact the decider proved to be a cross between a walk in the park and a piece of cake (hence the title above) was extremely sweet ... a bit like eating a Victoria sponge as one strolls [...]

1607, 2018

The Decider

By | July 16th, 2018|Categories: Eng v Ind 2018, ODIs & T20|13 Comments

It was great to see England bounce back at Lord's in the ODI series. The defeat at Trent Bridge was a bad one. A chastening one. And it was made worse by the fact that everyone predicted we'd struggle against leg-spin. I thought Kuldeep would prove a handful but 6-25? Wow. That was even worse than the pessimists expected. Luckily, [...]

1507, 2018

How Big Is The Loss Of Steve Smith & David Warner For The Australian Cricket Team?

By | July 15th, 2018|Categories: Sponsored|0 Comments

The recent news that has created ripples in the world of cricket is about the 12-month ban imposed on Australian cricketers Steve Smith, David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft for ball tampering. What will happen to the Australian cricket team and how will the rest of the players respond to this loss is being discussed these days. Does this punishment mean [...]

1207, 2018

We Came, We Saw, But It Didn’t Come Home

By | July 12th, 2018|Categories: football|27 Comments

Bollocks. It just wasn't meant to be. Much as we wanted to believe this particular England team could go all the way, they just weren't quite good enough. There's no shame in that, of course. This young group of players were given no chance a few weeks ago. But I can't deny they were second best on the night and [...]

1107, 2018

Mind The Spin: England v India ODI Series Preview

By | July 11th, 2018|Categories: ODIs & T20|8 Comments

We should all be looking forward to this series. It's the world's two best ODI sides going at it hammer and tongs. What a shame the series has arrived in the middle of a white ball glut (I've had enough already to be honest) and the middle of the football world cup's climax. Even Joe Root has admitted that he's [...]

1007, 2018

Less Is More

By | July 10th, 2018|Categories: Talking Points|23 Comments

Sorry I've been largely absent for the last week. I've had loads of work on, plus I'm in the middle of a rather complicated house move with buyers threatening to walk out and solicitors moving at Gavin Larsen pace. Needless to say I'm rather stressed out. However, at least I've had a break from the somewhat monotonous treadmill of international [...]

607, 2018

All The England I Could Eat – Part Two

By | July 6th, 2018|Categories: Nostalgia|2 Comments

Today we have the second part of Paul Potter's piece remembering some great Ashes moments from an Australian perspective ... Adelaide 2010 Bell and Pietersen didn’t play a Test together in the ’09 Ashes. It was the latter’s injury that allowed the former back into the team at Edgbaston. Come the next series in South Africa, they were playing in [...]

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