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England Cricket Summer Review

England v Pakistan Cricket World Cup Hospitality

This Summer has proven to be not only one of the warmest on record but also one of the most productive for an England Cricket team in a long while. Engage’s Nicholas Gibbens takes a look back at the Summer of 2018.

England v Pakistan

England were off to a sluggish start against Pakistan back in May, when at Lord’s, Home of Cricket they were beaten comprehensively within 4 days by a margin of 9 wickets.

A lot of soul searching was needed after a below-par winter in Australia and New Zealand, and there were more questions than answers when the teams headed to Headingley for the second test.

A hallmark of this England team under Root has been inconsistency, unbeatable one week and then undesirable the next. The Leeds Test was no different, a revitalized England team, spearheaded by the dependable Anderson & Broad partnership, bowled Pakistan out twice in conditions that have historically suited English bowlers.

Returning to the Test team at Lord’s  a decision made by the newly appointed head of selectors Ed Smith  Jos Butler along with a young Dom Bess put in match-winning performances. A great start for Smith and his new team of selectors.

In short, Butler’s selection had come off the back of an effective IPL, where he saw five 50+ scores in a row  equaling the record alongside the great Mahendra Singh Dhoni. After one of the most fruitful summers for any England batsman, I think we will be seeing Butler in Test Whites for years to come.

England v Scotland

A move to white ball Cricket with a one off ODI against Scotland would see the most exciting game between these two teams in the history of the fixture. Scotland racking up 371/5 in their 50 overs on a very small Edinburgh Grange ground. England ‘only’ mustered 365 in response. Cue the celebrations.

England v Australia

Due to the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2019 Australia would be entertained a year early in five ODI’s and one T20. Australia were missing 5 front line players due to injury and various misdemeanors allowing a full strength England to show their class in the white ball format; winning five out of five, and breaking the record for the highest ODI total along the way. The T20 did little to halt English momentum, completing the whitewash at Edgbaston.

England v India

India’s arrival halted the English summer party, comprehensively winning their opening contest in conditions more reminiscent of Mumbai than Manchester. India was always going to provide much sterner competition, and with the little known Kuldeep Yadav in their line up bamboozling English batsmen, the true contest of the summer was beginning. England leveled the series but the final matched proved decisive as India took the T20 Series 2- 1.

England wrapped up the ODI series 2 – 1 with back to back hundreds from Captain Root (Drop the mic). A timely return to form leading into a five tests. However, it turned out that the Test Series was dominated by one man, Virat Kholi scoring 593 runs at an average of 59.30; at times taking on England’s bowling attack single handed. Special mentions for Jos Butler England’s top batsmen and player of the summer, Alistair Cook who retires as England’s GOAT (Greatest Of All Time), James Anderson who is now the leading Fast Bowler in Tests with 540 wickets, and finally Sam Curran who has burst onto the Test scene with both ball and bat. A man, and hopefully a team, with a very bright future ahead.

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Joshua vs Povetkin — Who Will Win?

Anthony Joshua vs Alexander Povetkin VIP Hospitality

Anthony Joshua vs Alexander Povetkin – two national heroes will step into the ring on the 22nd of September in the iconic Wembley arena. All eyes will be on the two men as they seek weakness, and any chinks in their opponent’s defence. 12 rounds of World Class boxing to be savoured; however with only Joseph Parker going the distance against AJ, can Povetkin cause an upset, or will it be job done as usual for Joshua?

A familiarity has grown with the success Joshua has achieved at Wembley, and the 22nd will be no different. Apart from his points win against Parker, every other bout Joshua has won by either KO or TKO. What can the impressive Russian athlete do to upset the baying London crowd? Is there any way to stop the warrior from Watford, who in his own words is “prepared to go into the trenches” and “go to war”?

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AJ vs Povetkin Fact File

Anthony Joshua Alexander Povetkin
Anthony Joshua's face Alexander Povetkin's face
Nickname: AJ Nickname: Russian Vityaz
Born: 15/10/1989, Age 28 Born: 02/09/1979, Age 38
Nationality: British Nationality: Russian
Debut: 05/10/2013 Debut: 11/06/2005
Division: Heavyweight Division: Heavyweight
Stance: Orthodox Stance: Orthodox
Height: 6′ 6″ / 198cm Height: 6′ 2″ / 188cm
Reach: 82″ / 208cm Reach: 75″ / 191cm

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2018/19 Premier League: Everything you need to know

Everything you need to know before the Start of the 2018/19 Premier League Season.

The EPL juggernaut kicks back into action Friday attracting on average 12 million viewers across 212 countries per game. This global behemoth pulls in a market share of £7.83 billion and with a total league expenditure of £1.171 billion so far this summer transfer window the Premier League is truly a global giant with a multinational network.

Transfers

Riyad Mahrez’s move to Manchester City created controversy throughout last season, with the player going AWOL whilst still contracted at Leicester. Guardiola made Mahrez a top summer target, and after the success of his first campaign, the top brass couldn’t say no. The tricky Algerian winger became Manchester City’s club record signing when he joined them in a £60m deal last month.

Liverpool are this year’s big spenders totalling £182 million. Jürgen Klopp took the team to the Champions League final in Kiev this year and with new signings to straighten the squad in key positions, they must be looking to mount a genuine title challenge. None more so than Brazilian goal keeper Alisson Becker, bought in from Roma for £62 million making him the world’s most expensive keeper. No pressure! Other signings include Naby Keïta from RB Leipzig (£65 million), and Fabinho from Monaco (£45 million).

Elsewhere, Premier League new boys Wolverhampton Wanderers have also spent big, with a total of £67 million across 8 players. Big names such as João Moutinho will add experience to a team desperate to compete at the top table of English football.

Who are the likely champions?

Champions in 2017/18 Manchester City are odds-on favourites to repeat the feat, for the first time since Manchester United successfully defended the title in 2009.

After addressing key problems in their squad, Liverpool will be genuine contenders. 25 points is a lot to make up on the current champions, but Klopp is the only manager to have a positive win rate over Guardiola.

Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea have big question marks surrounding both their squads and managers, however these teams have dominated the top 6 places in the league of late. They will all surely be there, or thereabouts, come the end.

The premier league new boys

Wolves, Cardiff and Fulham were awarded their official Premier League status when they received their share certificates on the 7th June.

Wolverhampton Wanderers’ transfer window has been well documented, having brought in some big names to strengthen a squad which ultimately ran away with the Championship last year. A strong Portuguese contingent managed by the infallible Nuno Espírito Santo aren’t just looking to stay in the Prem, but compete among the elite.

Fulham are another team to have bought in quality, including World Cup winner André Schürrle. It’s great to have Fulham, a team with great history, back in the big time.

Cardiff are tipped to struggle alongside Huddersfield but with Neil Warnock at the help a manger with over 20 years of experience in management they will be doggedly fighting for every point on offer.

 

The Premier League kicks of tomorrow night at Leicester with Manchester United in town.

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Excitement for Cricket World Cup continues to build

Cricket World Cup Hospitality

The 2019 ICC England & Wales World Cup gets underway at the Oval in 297 days with England v South Africa on the 30th May and culminating on the 15th of July at Lord’s. The ICC have introduced a new ten-team format with 48 group games across 11 venues followed by 2 semi’s and a final at the home of cricket. Could there be a more fitting venue to enjoy the pinnacle of the sport?

England & Wales have waited 20 years for the privilege to host such an iconic event. Historically however this has not typically favoured the hosts as only twice has the trophy been lifted by a host nation. Nevertheless, this is an unmissable opportunity for hosting Cricket World Cup corporate hospitality without going far from home.

The Teams to Watch

South Africa

A team full of explosive talent, the Proteas are always a force on the big stage, although the team has yet to taste success at a World Cup. South Africa have more 400+ totals (6) than any other nation so we wouldn’t bet against this group of players being there or thereabouts come Finals day. A question mark remains over their continued dominance having recently lost their talisman, AB de Villiers, whom they relied on so heavily.

Look out for the hard-hitting David Miller.

India

India’s teams have arguably benefited the most from the introduction of T20 cricket, as the Indian Premier League (IPL) has long been the litmus test for any cricketer looking to prove their worth for the international stage. A star-studded squad with the ability to captivate and mesmerize opposition and fans alike, every time they step out on to the pitch. Led by Virat Kohli, the world’s best ODI batsman and one of fiercest competitors to cross the whitewash.

India’s man is K L Rahul, a destructive right hander with the ability to turn games in a matter of overs.

England

Since a woeful World Cup in South Africa three years ago, England’s ODI team have seen the greatest improvement. Trevor Baylis and Paul Farbrace have been instrumental in taking the team to the very top of ODI cricket. England have faced agonising defeats at the T20 finals in India at the hands of the West Indies, and against Pakistan in 2017 Champions Trophy in Cardiff. Led by the pugnacious Eoin Morgan and his explosive understudy Jos Butler, arguably the world’s best wicket keeper batsmen, can 2019 finally be the year that the squad fulfils its potential?

Jason Roy at the top of the order is one of the most gifted batsmen in world cricket, and a danger man for opposition teams.

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2017/18 Australia Cricket Tour Review

England Cricketer Joe Root celebrating a wicket during the 2nd Investec Ashes test match in 2015

Test Series

This was a series to savour with both teams confident that at their best the urn can be delivered back to home soil. This series had many subplots but the most prominent of them all was captain vs. captain, the immovable object vs. the unstoppable force, Smith vs. Root.

England took the momentum into a series billed as the decider after the last 10 series were five a piece. With no Mitchell Johnson on the Australian side, England’s dressing room could be forgiven for thinking this tour might be less threatening.

However, as it has turned out so many times on English tours of Australia, constant pressure from the media, a strong Aussie bowling quartet and indiscretions within camp made the task a much taller order.

In no test match were England able to string enough sessions together to put pressure on the Australians. England’s graces were saved in part to the weather, an MIA Mitchell Starc and a damp squib of an MCG pitch from another 5-nil whitewash down under.

Congratulations Australia, we look forward to having you back on English soil.

 

Gillette One Day International Series

In a complete reversal of the Test series it was England who throughout the series took the game to the Aussies, being more aggressive in their standing right from ball 1 (a 90mph bouncer to remove David Warner).

Records tumbled throughout the opening ODI with a monumental 180 for Jason Roy becoming England’s highest ever ODI scorer on home and foreign soil.

Other notable mentions go to Jos Buttler’s 100 and Tom Curran 5/35.

Not since 2012 have England won an ODI series against Australia, and you would have to go back over a decade to 2006 for the last time England won an ODI series in Australia.

Has the gap between ODI and Test cricket grown so much?  Or should the credit be given to England’s captain Eoin Morgan, allowing the group to play without fear and to their true potential? We have seen a shift in momentum made by a young team given license to entertain. Long may it continue.

Now with Ben Stokes back in the fold, can England continue to build the momentum into the New Zealand Tour commencing in March? It is always a tough trip to New Zealand to take on the Black Caps in their own back yard, and one an English Test and ODI squad will be relishing.

Australia tour England in the summer of 2018 for 5 ODIs and 1 T20. Contact us to make your booking.

 

Summer of Cricket 2018:

England Vs Pakistan

  • 24th May – 5th Jun

England Vs Australia

  • 13th – 27 Jun

England Vs India

  • 3rd Jul – 11th Sep

ENGAGE provides hospitality for all domestic competitions.

30 June – One-Day Cup Final, Lord’s
15 September – T20 Blast Finals Day, 
Edgbaston

 

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