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A manifesto for English cricket

On the eve of the general election, The Full Toss today sets out a manifesto for English cricket followers. Regardless of tomorrow’s result – and politicians care little for sport – here are five reforms which, we argue, are urgently needed to protect and strengthen our game. But isn’t it rather a shame we don’t get to vote for the ECB? 1. England home test matches on free-to-air TV The non-negotiable, the sine qua non. The government must re-list all England home...

County championship may be extended to 21 teams

More details have emerged this week of how the ECB plan to reform the county championship. Before you try and get your head around all the options on the table, be warned – you’ll need an awful lot of patience, and a degree in ECB-ology. The headline idea is an absolute classic. Everyone agrees there’s too much cricket, and too many cricketers. The solution? *Expand* the championship to 21 sides, by promoting three minor counties. Brilliant. There are five alternative...

The ten most memorable England test wins of the 2000s

1. V West Indies, Lord’s, 2000 The turning point. From one-nil down, we went on to win the series – the first against WI for 31 years – before beating both Pakistan and Sri Lanka the following winter. An era of success, which climaxed at the Oval in 2005, began here. The match itself was a breathless classic – and remember, West Indies were still a decent side then. 21 wickets fell on the second day as Caddick’s 5-16 helped dismiss the visitors for 54 and left us chasing 188 to win. Courtney...

The next England captain

If  you haven’t already,  don’t forget to vote in our poll about what should happen when Straussy finally hangs up his cap. Did Cook do enough in Bangladesh to inherit what the ECB have long thought to be his birthright? Should KP get a second chance? Or is Stuart Broad, with his sharp cricket brain and ambition, the real future for the side? Perhaps you think it’s none of the above. Cast your vote, and have your say. Closing date, 9th May.

Quiz answers

Whoops! We’ve been a little tardy in providing the answers to our most recent quiz. So here they are. Thanks to everyone who entered.
1. Who was the leading wicket-taker for England in the 2000s?
Matthew Hoggard (248)
2. Who is the only England bowler ever to take 50 wickets in a calendar year?
Graeme Swann, in 2009.
3. On three occasions a side has won a test match after following on. Name the only person to have been involved in two of those matches.

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