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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.

3005, 2019

Promising

By |May 30th, 2019|Categories: ODIs & T20, World Cup 2019|26 Comments

We didn’t freeze. We didn’t choke. Eoin Morgan’s men started their World Cup campaign with a bang. And this time, unlike previous World Cups, it wasn’t the bang of a metaphorical tire blowing up or the whole engine combusting, it was the bang of boundaries flying off Ben Stokes’s bat, and the clang of a Jofra Archer bouncer ricocheting off [...]

2905, 2019

Your Starting England XI & Those Hundred Names Dissected

By |May 29th, 2019|Categories: World Cup 2019|23 Comments

The World Cup finally starts on Thursday. Are you excited? On balance I think I am. I'm not exactly pant-wettingly excited, because (a) I prefer Test cricket to the white ball stuff, and (b) I'm too old to get too excited about sport anymore. However, I do sense a certain tingling, which I vaguely recognise as excitement, in my bones. [...]

2605, 2019

Cider and Sandpaper

By |May 26th, 2019|Categories: County Cricket, World Cup 2019|21 Comments

Welcome to the A&E. Otherwise known as the England dressing room. Players should form an orderly queue and use the Savlon sparingly. It's got to stretch a long way. Here's the current injury report: Mark Wood - Chronic foot / ankle condition Adil Rashid - Long-term shoulder niggle Chris Woakes - Long-term knee niggle Eoin Morgan - Bruised finger Liam [...]

2405, 2019

Players Win Matches, Not Culture.

By |May 24th, 2019|Categories: Talking Points, World Cup 2019|23 Comments

Now don't get me wrong. I really like Eoin Morgan. He's done a tremendous job as England's ODI captain, and he's a very good white ball batsman too. In fact, I think he's one of our best ever players. People just forget how good he is because he's surrounded by so many other fantastic white ball batsmen these days. However, [...]

2205, 2019

Cider Saturday: Annie Talks RLODC Final With Tom Abell and Andy Hurry

By |May 22nd, 2019|Categories: County Cricket, Interviews|6 Comments

Today we're delighted to welcome Guerilla Cricket 'waffler' Annie Chave to TFT. She caught up with Somerset Director Of Cricket Andy Hurry and skipper Tom Abell at Taunton last week. There was only one thing on their collective minds: Saturday's big Lord's final against Hampshire. On Saturday 25 May, Somerset take on Hampshire at Lords for what looks likely to [...]

2005, 2019

Willey, Won’t He?

By |May 20th, 2019|Categories: World Cup 2019|26 Comments

The three finest cricketing minds in the land (ahem), will meet this evening* to finalise which 15 cricketers will no doubt receive World Cup winners medals in just over a month's time (big ahem). Most players are assured a place. But three or four of them will be waiting anxiously for a call. The big question mark seems to be [...]

1805, 2019

A Hundred Supporter Speaks

By |May 18th, 2019|Categories: County Cricket|25 Comments

We're a broad church at TFT, so it's only fair we give counter-arguments a chance. So after all that Hundred bashing, here's Alex with a more positive spin. Has he got a point? Be gentle folks.  "Loathing, Unadulterated loathing, For your face, Your voice, Your clothing, Let's just say: I loath it all! Every little trait, however small, Makes my [...]

1505, 2019

The Hundred Branding: A Bag Of Spanners

By |May 15th, 2019|Categories: Talking Points|29 Comments

Wednesday was a really exhilarating day. Literally tens of people, most of whom were based at ECB HQ, wet themselves with excitement as the new logo for the most anticipated sporting innovation in history (or so we're supposed to believe) was launched. And boy did it live up to the hype - that's the negative hype that assumes anything connected [...]

1205, 2019

Bonkers

By |May 12th, 2019|Categories: ODIs & T20, Talking Points|31 Comments

Yesterday's game at the Rose Bowl would've made the authorities purr. It was made to order. England batted first and registered a hefty 373-3 - with golden boy Jos Buttler scoring an extraordinary 110 off just 55 balls - and then Pakistan put up a very respectable fight but eventually fell 12 runs short. Those in attendance witnessed a total [...]

1005, 2019

What About Sam Curran?

By |May 10th, 2019|Categories: Ashes 2019, Player Spotlight|19 Comments

While all eyes, well most eyes, have been on England's warm-up games against Pakistan, the English players who remained at the IPL have become somewhat forgotten men. One of these young men was Sam Curran, who not long ago was the darling of English cricket. However, he's had a bit of a tricky six months since the end of last [...]

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