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2017/18 Australia Cricket Tour Review

2020 England v Pakistan

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

 

To book your official cricket hospitality, or for any hospitality requirements please call 0207 048 4899.

 

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An Exciting Start for England Rugby in 2018

England v Italy, Twickenham 2013

Eddie Jones renews contract until 2021

Great news for all England fans, with the announcement that hugely successful coach Eddie Jones will continue until 2021. He will be working closely with the RFU in selecting the next chief of staff by the end of the 2019-20 season, hoping to maintain the new-found status quo.

Jones has won 22 of his 23 Tests since taking the role in November 2015, and says extending his deal was “not a difficult decision”.

The big question on everyone’s lips, and surely a guarded secret, is whether Eddie Jones will be at the helm for what would surely be the jewel in the crown. If Eddie Jones led the British and Irish Lions to victory in South Africa it would mark the first time since the 1950s that the Lions toured all three nations without conceding a series.

Italy vs. England Squad Announcement

Eddie Jones has selected eight uncapped players to face Italy on the 4th February at the Stadio Olympico.

Five fresh young forwards in the squad will have their mettle tested, as the Italians are well known for their aggression up front in the mauls and breakdowns.

When Italy came to Twickenham, they employed cunning tactics to try and disrupt the momentum of England. Fans are left wondering what they will have up their sleeve come Sunday.

England have never been beaten by the Azzurri, so hopes are high that a young-looking England team can maintain the current 95% win-rate, spurred on by the knowledge that Eddie Jones tenure is set to continue.

 

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