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England Test Cricket : India win the series 3-1

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India v England

After a thrilling start to the 4 match test series for England, the series unfortunately finished 3-1 to India who came back spectacularly! It was a bowler’s dream throughout as the pink ball and incredibly tricky pitch conditions made the international stars on show look very amateur. The conditions have caused a heated debate for cricket experts and fans to explore, as the game fell away from being a tactical, traditional test match to a bowling shoot-out.

India v England

In the first match England, driven by their bowling attack on the final day have won by 227 runs in Chennai, only the second home defeat for India in 8 years in test cricket. Yet India have fought straight back with a comfortable victory as all 10 wickets of England were taken by the impressive Indian spinners.

In the 1st test Root’s double century in the opening innings gave England a hugely impressive start, as 578 runs was the target for India to catch. India managed 337 in their opening innings, giving England the chance to force the follow on, but their decision to add a few more runs on the board has proven to be the right thing to do.

To win, India needed a world record beating 420 runs to overturn the result and would have been happy to see the game out as a draw. But Anderson’s (3-17) destructive reverse swing and Leach’s (4-76) impressive spin bowling took the game away from India. Ben Stokes got the key wicket of Kohli who on 72 runs was starting to impose his natural game on home soil and Jofra Archer sealed the victory around half an hour before tea.

An outstanding, unexpected victory to kick of the series as India were strong favourites to win this at home. England need a 3-1 or 4-0 victory to find themselves competing in the World Test Championship and I wouldn’t put it past this incredible England team.

Unfortunately they can’t win 4-0 as India dominated the second test, batting first to secure a huge lead before bowling out England for less than 200 and ultimately cruising through this match.

Sri Lanka v England

England Test Cricket

This is the perfect time for the England Test Cricket team to be flexing their muscles. A significant test series win in Sri Lanka has set the tone for the busiest year to date for the International team. England’s Test, ODI and IT20 cricket players will be involved in over 40 fixtures this year depending on how far they progress in the IT20 Cricket World Cup in India. With Test series home and away against India and then the Ashes down under in Australia this squad will be pushed right to their bio secure limits. Consistency of performance throughout the next 12 months will be imperative. So to begin in Sri Lanka with 2 wins and in conditions that were pretty alien to some of the England batsmen is the perfect start to 2021.

The significance of an in form Joe Root

The England Test Cricket team over the last decade has typically relied on 4 players. The runs of Joe Root and Alistair Cook and the wickets of James Anderson and Stuart Broad. With the recent retirement of Cook the team has looked more and more reliant on Root and invariably when Root has scored big then England have gone on to win the Test. Obviously there are some exceptions to this, in recent years Ben Stoked has been winning games for the England Test Cricket team however I feel these are the exceptions that prove the rule.

It has been well documented that Root has been struggling to convert from his starts and has regularly been out between 50 and 100 hes currently sitting on a 30% conversion. Compared to  Virat Kholi, Steve Smith or Kane Williamson he is well behind and those are the players England will be coming up against this year. So it will be seen as a  huge positive and a significant step in the right direction for Root and England if he can make big scores of 150 or 200 +  like he did in Sri Lanka.

James Anderson & Stuart Broad at their best

Anderson and Broad who have been seen by some as bowlers who can only turn it on in England proved how valuable they will be this year with wickets, as well as their experience. Their combined figures in Sri Lanka were 57 overs 80 runs 9 wickets. Absolutely unbelievable effort in the conditions. The pair will be rotated to ensure they both remain fit for the full year (I will come back to this later) and I think this is the best policy. The England Test Cricket squad looks far more potent with these two legends spearheading the attack.

Make or break year

This will be a make or break year for Joe Root and this crop of cricketers. So to kick things of in Sri Lanka in such emphatic fashion is a huge positive and a great momentum builder before heading to India.

Do not listen to the nay sayers who will have you believe that a weak Sri Lanka did not pose enough of a test to act as a barometer before there series in India. To win a series 2 nil in Sri Lanka in the heat and humidity of the subcontinent and on pitches taking plenty of spin is always a  great achievement. To add to this the England Test cricket team captained by Joe Root have now won 5 successive Test Matches away from home for the first time since World War 1 a feat which will be hallmark of his tenure.

Throughout the series, players and backroom staff (inclusion of Jacques Kallis) have been able to bond and develop a team spirit in Sri Lanka which will be so important in the series’ to come. A togetherness has been a feature within any squad who have gone to India and have been successful. There will be tough times ahead and the bond forged in Sri Lanka might just see them through.

Sri Lanka will be returning to the UK to play in three ODIs and three IT20s in June and July. You can register your interest for these games now and explore the best hospitality package for you.

Squad Rotation:

The two words on every cricket fans lips at the moment are squad & rotation. The England Test management throughout 2021 have adopted a rest and rotation policy to ensure players are able to maintain a level of performance that is required in the Test arena. In no other format as an individual are you and your technique scrutinized as much as it is in Test cricket. In addition to this the players are now having to negotiate stringent Bio-Secure environments. Many would say this is a sensible ploy from the England management as no player can be expected to be at their best throughout a year with so much cricket, thus, rotating the players should in theory allow for them to peak for the key fixtures in 2021.

England have earmarked the IT20 World Cup as the most significant event this year alongside the Ashes. No one has managed to hold both the World Cup and IT20 World Cup simultaneously which is why those players who were involved in the Indian Premier League (IPL) have been given time off. Its disappointing not to be able to have England’s best cricket team on the pitch at all times however in this significant year if England walk away with the IT20 World Cup, Ashes and a successful summer because of the policy then it will have been worth the sacrifice.

As I have already touched on this will be a make or break year for Joe Root and the England Test Cricket backroom staff. To come away from this year with a victory in India, Australia and the IT20 World Cup trophy would be what dreams are made of. Plus there is still an opportunity to be involved in the inaugural World Test Championship final at Lord’s. The England Test Cricketers have got off to a great start with a significant win in Sri Lanka but now only time will tell how the rest of  the year will pan out.


Engage Provide a range of official match day packages throughout England’s Test, ODI and IT20 summer in the UK. To secure your attendance at any of the following venues do not hesitate to get in contact on 0207 048 4875 or Register Your Interest on the specific event page and a member of staff will be in contact ASAP.

The Ageas Bowl Hampshire, The Brightside County Ground Bristol, Headingly Leeds, The Kia Oval London, Lord’s London, Sophia Gardens Cardiff, Trent Bridge Nottingham, Emirates Old Trafford Manchester, The Riverside Durham

England Cricket Fixtures:

New Zealand are first up in a 2 match Test series.

Sri Lanka will be the second touring nation in England’s International cricket summer.

Pakistan are set to return for a One Day International & T20 series.

India will conclude the Men’s international summer with a 5 Test series.

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England v Sri Lanka and a look ahead to a summer of England cricket at home

England Cricket

Happy New Year from the team at ENGAGE Sport Management and what a year we have in store.

The corporate hospitality calendar is looking as full as it has in years so take this opportunity to download your free 2021 event list today to ensure you do not miss out on the biggest events in the UK.

The England Cricket teams tour of Sri Lanka

England’s Cricket team start their year in Sri Lanka which has been voted one of the most beautiful places in the world to play cricket. Unfortunately it will also be recognised as one of the toughest as the pitches are renowned for deteriorating early and becoming a spinner’s dream. Historically, when the great Muttiah Muralitharan had the ball in hand it could easily be an English batter’s worst nightmare.

Sri Lanka in South Africa

Sri Lanka will be arriving home only days before the first Test Match gets underway. Flying in from South Africa where the Protea’s completed a comfortable sweep of the two-match series when they knocked off a target of 67 on day 3 of the Test Match on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka showed signs of what they are capable of throughout the two-match series however they rely to heavily on Captain Dimuth Karunaratne who notched up his 10th Test century in the second test (Johannesburg), Dinesh Chandimal 85 (Pretoria) and Dhananjaya de Silva 79 (Pretoria). In order to be successful abroad they will need runs from their top 5 batters and wickets from their front line bowlers taking away the dependency on the spinners.

The England Cricket team toured Sri Lanka back in 2018 where for the first time in 30 years England managed a series whitewash abroad, claiming the series 3-0. Noticeable performances from Keaton Jennings (100) and Jos Buttler (100) gave the platform for the bowlers to work from. England took three spinners on the last tour and I expect they will look to use the same blueprint to come away with another series win.

The 2021 England cricket team’s International Summer

The England cricket team will soon be back on home soil and they have an action-packed summer ahead of them. With Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India touring in one summer their will be no respite. ENGAGE will provide a range of official hospitality packages throughout the summer. Do not miss this opportunity to secure your attendance by calling 0207 048 4875 or Register your interest for any of the below fixtures.

England will compete with Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India at the following arena’s.  Lord’s, Kia Oval, Edgbaston, Headingley, Trent Bridge, Old Trafford, The Bristol County Ground, Sophia Gardens and Emirates Riverside

Sri Lanka will open the Men’s International cricket summer.

Pakistan are set to return for a One Day International & T20 series.

India will conclude the Men’s international summer with a 5 Test series.

What to expect from a day at the cricket with your clients?

Whilst cricket hospitality can vary from stadium to stadium you can typically expect the following inclusions when entertaining your key clients, friends, or family at the England Cricket fixtures:

  • Officially allocated blocked & reserved match tickets
  • Glass fronted pitch viewing suite
  • Pitch viewing balcony
  • Breakfast on arrival
  • Champagne reception
  • Complimentary bar
  • Specially designed lunch
  • Afternoon Tea
  • World renowned guest speakers
  • VIP hostess service

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