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Welcome to TFT, the irreverent cricket blog with a zero percent bounce rate. 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 journalist or copywriter, just a fan with something to say. Email james@thefulltoss.com for more info.

509, 2019

Is The Writing On The Wall Again Already?

By |September 5th, 2019|Categories: Ashes 2019|58 Comments

Our chances of winning the Ashes diminished considerably today. In fact they probably halved. England need to win either this test match or the one at The Oval to wrestle the urn back from the antipodean anti-heroes. And, after two days play in Manchester, it seems as plain as the nose on Gonzo's face that we aint gonna win this [...]

209, 2019

Sacrificial Lambs

By |September 2nd, 2019|Categories: Ashes 2019|35 Comments

Ladies and gentlemen. I'd like to introduce you to Joe. No, not Joe Root, the other Joe. The one who plays for Kent. Joe Denly. Isn't his coat nice and fluffy? He's sure to fetch a good price at market. Now where did I put that meat cleaver? Here at England team headquarters we love a good sheep. As long [...]

3008, 2019

1981 Revisited, Part 2

By |August 30th, 2019|Categories: Nostalgia|19 Comments

It's time to welcome back Haroon Khalid for the second instalment of his look back at the 1981 Ashes series.  After the dumbfounding goings on at Leeds, the teams reconvened at Edgbaston on July 30th for the fourth test. The morning of the match was warm and sunny; the pitch looked good for batting and likely to take spin later [...]

2708, 2019

Stoking It Up

By |August 27th, 2019|Categories: Ashes 2019|46 Comments

How's your hangover? Mercifully mine has finally dissipated. Sunday night was one hell of a party and I spent most of Monday wondering whether the damage to my liver would be permanent. Luckily, however, I survived. And I'm slowly beginning to digest what happened. So after my somewhat dazed and confused post 48 hours ago, this article will try to [...]

2508, 2019

Ben Stokes

By |August 25th, 2019|Categories: Ashes 2019|81 Comments

When I sat down to write this headline all the usual superlatives went through my head. Awesome. Sensational. Insane. I even toyed with the headline The Miracle of Headingley '19. But in the end only two words felt right. Only two words encapsulated all the superlatives I could ever regurgitate: Ben Stokes. This summer we've seen English cricket's infant terrible [...]

2308, 2019

The Day We Kissed The Ashes Goodbye

By |August 23rd, 2019|Categories: Ashes 2019|55 Comments

What a terrible day. It was miserable. The worst. The hope generated by Jofra Archer yesterday has completely evaporated, and now we have to contemplate our fears becoming reality - fears those of us who care deeply about our first class game have harboured for years. As I watched England collapse to 67 all out I was shellshocked. But at [...]

1908, 2019

Aussies On The Run

By |August 19th, 2019|Categories: Ashes 2019|37 Comments

Another bore draw eh. I can see why this test cricket lark is dying. Ahem. The Lord's test might have started as a damp squib, with five sessions and an hour ruined by the weather, but it turned out to be an absolute classic. Both sides had a legitimate chance to win the game heading into the final day, and [...]

1608, 2019

Where We Go At The DRS Crossroads

By |August 16th, 2019|Categories: Talking Points|28 Comments

With the rain spoiling days 1 and 3 at Lord's, and a draw looking increasingly likely, now seems like an opportune moment to reignite the DRS debate. Here's new guest writer Ed Clark with his take on the terrible umpiring at Edgbaston and the future of technology in cricket. I'm a bit tied up this week so apologies for the [...]

1308, 2019

Can Three Players Change Everything?

By |August 13th, 2019|Categories: Ashes 2019|26 Comments

Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, and Jack Leach. These are the three cricketers we're pinning our hopes on at Lord's. They'll have to shake up the team, raise morale, and give Australia's batting (otherwise known as Steve Smith) something new to think about. Confident? I wish I was. Personally I'm not even 100% convinced that the first of the three will [...]

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