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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.

3007, 2019

Tim Paine: The Poisoned Chalice Of Dreams

By |July 30th, 2019|Categories: Ashes 2019|10 Comments

Australia look stunned. That’s the only way to describe the vacant husks that have replaced the real Australian side. Over five days at The Wanderers, they look like eleven men whose minds are so far from their task that they may as well be on Mars. Tim Paine has barely been back in the side a few months, and now [...]

2607, 2019

Relief

By |July 26th, 2019|Categories: Ashes 2019, Eng v Ire 2019|62 Comments

The England test team doesn't have many strengths these days. But it can win, and usually does, if the groundsman prepares an archetypal seamer's wickets and the weather Gods feel sympathetic enough to provide overcast skies. This is the brew that's been hiding our general frailties for a few years now. And this very specific elixir - this time gobbled [...]

2407, 2019

A New Low

By |July 24th, 2019|Categories: Ashes 2019, Eng v Ire 2019, Talking Points|58 Comments

Let's start with the positives. Erm. Ollie Stone looked good I suppose. And now for the negatives ... What in the name of Zeus's pubic hair was that? I'm gobsmacked. To get bowled out for 85 in a single session is bad enough. But to get bowled out by Ireland? At home? After winning the toss? It's completely inept and [...]

2307, 2019

Why England Will Beat Ireland. Plus A Reason Why They Won’t.

By |July 23rd, 2019|Categories: News|19 Comments

Tomorrow sees a return to red ball relaxation. Or at least the test match against Ireland at Lord's should be a relaxing experience for England supporters. We'll get to sit back in the shade with a pina colada (or seven) whilst the players sweat buckets in the sweltering sun. The match shouldn't provide too much emotional stress either. England are [...]

2207, 2019

The Red Ball Returns

By |July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Ashes 2019|13 Comments

With the World Cup triumph in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to think ahead to The Ashes. And first up we have a one-off test against Ireland. The game should be an occasion in itself, although I’m sure England will have one eye on the Aussies. After all, the selectors have decided to rest a couple of key players: Jos [...]

2007, 2019

We Bloody Won! A Firsthand Account From Lord’s

By |July 20th, 2019|Categories: World Cup 2019|14 Comments

It’s Friday morning, and I get a text message from a friend of mine. “Gentle reminder. We are World Fucking Champions. Still can’t quite believe it”. My heart races again. A tear forms in my ear. There’s a clenched fist somewhere and my heart races. And the thought is repeated over and over again: We were there. We were there. [...]

1907, 2019

A Cynic’s Review Of The World Cup

By |July 19th, 2019|Categories: World Cup 2019|18 Comments

Ramiz Raja has lost it. He’s frozen mid-pitch, stuttering through a sentence he’s destined never to complete while his eyes plead with the strip for any clue on what to say next. Call it green, Ramiz, dry, a camel, swear on live television – anything – just get the hell out of there. But he doesn’t. He just stares into [...]

1907, 2019

10 Things We Liked Most About The World Cup

By |July 19th, 2019|Categories: World Cup 2019|14 Comments

So it's all over. The stadiums have emptied, the clear up has begun, and the trophy has been safely tucked away at Lord's - until it's stolen by rapscallions and subsequently found under a bush by a dog. It was a pretty memorable World Cup on the whole, and here are the ten things we liked most ... 1. The [...]

1707, 2019

How They Should’ve Settled The World Cup Final

By |July 17th, 2019|Categories: Fun, World Cup 2019|18 Comments

Here's new writer Mojo Wellington with an irreverent take on the World Cup final controversy. With the result hinging on something more obscure than GATT 24 Paragraph 5B, how else might the match have been decided? Feel free to add your own ideas in the comments. What is it with obscure regulations and cricket world cups? The rain rule in [...]

The TFT Interviews

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

How To Save Cricket – Our Interview With Jarrod Kimber

You've seen him on Cricinfo's Polite Enquiries. You're about to see him in Death of a Gentleman. Now you can hear Jarrod Kimber's passionate and pertinent views on the future of cricket here on The Full Toss. The only drawback: you'll have to suffer my vapid tones at the same time. Sorry about that. [...]

By |August 4th, 2015|Categories: Interviews, News, Off Field Issues, PakvEng2015|17 Comments

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|41 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

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