Our Lord’s Long Room Ashes Preview Lunch will see our panel focus on a huge summer of cricket featuring the England vs Australia Test series for the Ashes urn! We have run many lunches and dinners at Lord’s over the years and this may be our best yet! We have now confirmed former England captain and Director of England Cricket, Andrew Strauss, Aussie legend and scourge of England’s bowlers, Steve Waugh, and England’s all-rounder Dominic Cork for our big London cricket lunch.
We are delighted to be running our annual Long Room Lunch in the hallowed environs of the spiritual ‘Home of Cricket’. This year’s event will see a stellar panel featuring Andrew Strauss, Steve Waugh and Dominic Cork who will be discussing their careers and giving their thoughts on the thrilling prospect of the upcoming Test series against Australia for the Ashes. Another topic for the discussion will be the upcoming World Cup Final which is set it take place later in the week, and a review of England’s progress in the tournament.
Our host for the day is SKY Sports’ David Fulton, and with a delicious lunch and complimentary bar, and a live performance from opera singer, this is a day that will live long in the memory for your guests.
The Long Room at Lords: Renowned as “the most evocative four walls in the world of cricket”, the Long Room in the Lords Pavilion has been at the epicentre of the game for time immemorial. Artwork from across the centuries adorns every wall, with the haughty gazes of the likes of WG Grace and Sir Jack Hobbs mingling with more modern icons of the game, such as Sir Ian Botham and Shane Warne. The service and catering in the Long Room are of the very highest calibre, as befits such a magnificent venue; you and your guests are sure to be enchanted by the whole experience.
Andrew Strauss: A giant of the English game in recent decades, Andrew Strauss is one of the finest captains the England team has ever had and a veteran of three Ashes-winning sides. A fluent left-handed opener, Strauss made his Test debut for England against New Zealand at Lord’s in 2004 replacing the injured Michael Vaughan, famously making a century in his very first innings and just falling short of repeating the feat in the second as he was agonisingly run out for 83. He played an important part of the legendary 2005 Ashes series making 393 runs and establishing himself as a key player for England, captaining the side briefly during 2006-07 before taking up the mantle from 2009 to his retirement in 2012. He led the team on no fewer than 50 occasions, winning 24 with just 11 defeats, making him England’s second most successful captain just one victory behind Michael Vaughan. In all Andrew played 100 Tests with an average of 41, with 21 centuries and a top score of 177 against New Zealand in 2008, as well as 127 ODIs with an average of 35. Strauss was appointed Director of England Cricket in 2015 where he oversaw a huge improvement in all areas of the game and a significant upturn in the fortunes of the white ball England teams. We are thrilled to welcome Andrew to our Long Room Lunch.
Steve Waugh: A giant of the modern game, Steve evolved from a raw 20-year-old talented all-rounder into a cricketer who eliminated risk from his game. After ironing out his technique a series of epic innings ensued, none better than his 200 in Jamaica in 1994-95 to speed Australia to an historic series win, or his twin hundreds at Old Trafford to turn the 1997 Ashes series. His record against England was particularly impressive with 10 of his 32 centuries coming against the Old Enemy, he was the scourge of England’s bowlers for well over a decade! He led Australia in 15 of their world-record 16 consecutive Test wins and to the 1999 World Cup title, and his record of 41 wins and only 9 defeats in 57 Test matches as captain makes him arguably the game’s most successful skipper in history with a win-rate of 72%. He played in a total of 168 Tests collecting an astonishing 10,927 runs at an average of 51, with 325 ODI appearances yielding 7,569 runs at an average of 33. Shortly after retiring from international cricket Steve won the Australian of the Year award in 2004, for his cricketing feats and his work with charities, most noticeably in India, helping children suffering with leprosy.
Dominic Cork: A highly talented and combative all-rounder, Dominic made his England One Day debut aged just 21 back in 1992, and after making his Test debut three years later, went on to play 37 Tests, as well as 32 ODIs in total. His bowling average in Test cricket lies just below the magic 30 mark, making him one of the most successful bowlers of his era. He took at least 5 wickets in an innings on 5 occasions, with a Test best of 7-43 against the West Indies at Lords in 1995, incredibly on his Test debut! His impressive debut series saw him take 26 wickets in all, including becoming the first Englishman since 1957 to take a Test hat-trick. A passionate and inspiring competitor for both fans and team-mates, Dominic often made useful contributions with the bat, with 3 Test fifties, including a highest score of 59 against New Zealand in 1996. Now a presenter on Sky sports cricket coverage, Dominic can also be heard giving his forthright views on his beloved Stoke City, on Sky’s Football Deadline day coverage. Dominic has done many previous lunches and dinner in the past, we are delighted to welcome him once more!
MC: David Fulton: A right-handed batsman, David enjoyed a 15 year career with Kent, playing in 200 First Class matches with an average in the high 30s, and over 100 limited overs games. His best professional season came in 2001, when he scored an incredible 1892 First Class runs at an average of just under 76, being crowned Player of the Year by the Professional Cricketers’ Association. Since retiring as a pro, David has forged a career as a cricket journalist, appearing regularly on Sky Sports’ cricket coverage. In 1993 he took the catch to dismiss Viv Richards in his final First Class innings!
Kylie Watt: Australian spinto soprano Kylie Watt debuted at the Royal Opera House in December 2017 in Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci. For Valentine’s Day 2018 she performed for Rihanna and Prince Hassan Kameel for a private dinner for just the two of them. She has performed at Kensington Palace, for the Royal Highnesses, Princess Anne and Prince Michael of Kent, several times on request for the Duke of Bedford, as a soloist at the Rimplerock music festival in Hasselt for 40,000 with Paul Potts, for James Dyson 70th, for the pre-match entertainment for the Davis Cup and for the Barbarians. Kylie has also worked with the likes of James Corden, Kiera Knightly and Helena Bonham Carter and Carey Mulligan in the movie ‘Suffragette’. We very much look forward to welcoming the extremely talented, Kylie Watt to our 2019 Long Room Lunch!