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The Ashes: your predictions

A month to go till the big one – and high time we indulged in some wild speculation. We’d like to hear your views on the big talking points around the most-hyped England tour to Australia since, er, the last one. And do let us know, too, if you’re planning to head down under to watch some of the action in the flesh. Which matches will you be seeing? So here are the big questions. Please post your thoughts below – and thanks. 1. What will the scoreline be? 2. At which...

What’s happened to New Zealand?

As a child of the 1980s, I grew up in a world in which New Zealand were a very competitive side, and usually stronger than England. In 1980 they beat the mighty West Indies, who wouldn’t lose another test series for the next fifteen years.  Mid-decade, they beat us home and away in consecutive series. Martin Crowe was at the peak of his powers, and Richard Hadlee sent a shiver down the spine of test batsmen the world over. Nowadays, it’s a different story. We might be used now to...

India dent Australia’s Ashes hopes (and where the hell have we been?)

First of all, we’d like to apologise for our lack of new articles over the last fortnight. Half TFT staff (i.e. me) have been on holiday in the Norfolk Broads – not to be confused with the Nottinghamshire Broads of course. There has also been a distinct lack of meaningful cricketing action since the end of the domestic season, so we’ve had nothing to say really. However, Australia’s disheartening 0-2 defeat at the hands of India has given us something to write, and smile, about. What is...

The Ashes quiz

Time now to stop agonising over spot-fixing, draw a line under the turbulent Pakistan tour, and focus on the Ashes. To warm you up, here’s a quick quiz about England in Australia. Have a stab below with your answers – and don’t scroll down to avoid spoilers. First correct entry wins the traditional lifetime subscription to The Full Toss. Good luck!     1. Which England bowler took a hat-trick in the 1998/9 Sydney Ashes test?   2. For half a point each, can you name the four...

Preview versus review – a look back at our county championship predictions

Now that the English cricket season is over and the dust’s beginning to settle (much like it’s doing on Adil Rashid’s equipment coffin right now) we thought we’d look back and see how right, or wrong, our expectations for the season were. At the beginning of April we predicted that England would steamroll Bangladesh and Pakistan – no prizes for guessing that one – but we also dug out TFT crystal ball and forecast how each county team would do. Obviously that proved a little bit...

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