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.

302, 2019

What did they think was going to happen?

By |February 3rd, 2019|Categories: Test Cricket, Windies v England 2019|81 Comments

When the ECB decided to diminish the county championship by moving most games to April, May, and September, what did they think was going to happen? When the ECB appointed Ed Smith, a man whose philosophy is to pack the side with all-rounders and pluck players from white ball cricket (because apparently scoring runs in front of IPL and Big [...]

202, 2019

Danger? What Danger?

By |February 2nd, 2019|Categories: Test Cricket, Windies v England 2019|13 Comments

Sadly I feel this test match is ebbing away. So it's time for a hackneyed boxing analogy. England are on the ropes primarily because we've got a glass jaw. The Windies, on the other hand, have taken the punches and kept advancing forwards. The home team has shown more courage and discipline, they've clearly got a better defence, and they've [...]

102, 2019

“Rouge Pitch” or Rogue Batting?

By |February 1st, 2019|Categories: Test Cricket, Windies v England 2019|23 Comments

I'm feeling a bit rough today so I'll keep this short - a bit like England's innings. I tuned into Sky's The Debate last night expecting Grumpy Bob and Co to lambast what I thought was another really poor batting display from our ragtag batting line-up. But instead of being critical they basically blamed the pitch. Hmmmm. Yes the pitch [...]

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 [...]

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