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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.

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 [...]

3110, 2018

Would England Really Drop Broad?

By |October 31st, 2018|Categories: SL v Eng 2018, Test Cricket|37 Comments

There has been much talk about England's potential line-up in Galle next week. Some reporters are even suggesting that Stuart Broad might miss out if England pick three spinners. Really? I can't see this myself. Broad is England's second leading wicket taker of all time, a huge figure in the dressing room, and he hasn't been dropped (as opposed to [...]

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