One of England cricket’s finest fast bowlers in recent years, Steve Harmison has an impressive wicket taking record for the national team as well as playing a crucial role in the memorable Ashes victory in 2005, and has now transferred his sporting skills to managerial duty at Northern League Division One side Ashington. Steve Harmison can be booked for personal appearances at private and corporate events or for brand endorsements through MN2S Talent Agency.
After making his test debut in 2002, Harmison showed early promise as a strike bowler for England, and gave his most impressive performance to date on the 2003-04 tour to the West Indies as the highest wicket taker in the series. He continued this run of fine form into the 2005 Ashes series, where he was instrumental in England’s series’ victory, particularly when he took the key final winning wicket of Australian Kasprowicz at Edgbaston, and was resultantly named as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year.
After the 2005 Ashes, Harmison continued to give strong performances for England, feared by batsmen worldwide for bowling at high speed with a high degree of bounce, all the while maintaining the ability to swing the ball. The legendary Australian cricketer Shane Warne has spoken highly of Harmison, commenting, “On his day, he is one of the most awkward bowlers [to face] in the world”.
Displaying sporting talent as a child, Harmison played football for his local club Ashington, the club he now manages, before deciding to focus on cricket as a career. His first selection for England was in k200 for the tour to Zimbabwe, but he did not make his debut until August 2002 against India at Trent Bridge. Although he attracted criticism for his sometimes wayward bowling, when on point his pace and bounce made his tricky to face, and he responded to critics early on with his man of the match performance against Bangladesh in winter 2003-04 taking 9 wickets for 79 runs.
After his international cricket career, Harmison now lives in Ashington, close to the team’s home ground. His brother, James, plays centre back for the side and his father, Jimmy, used to be Ashington boss and a Yeovil Town defender. The club is understandably close to his heart, playing in the ninth-tier Northern League, the oldest league in the world, established in 1889.
Despite the grandeur of a Downing Street reception and MBE after the famous 2005 series victory, Harmison has never strayed far from his local club, training with them during time off from his cricketing duties in order to stay fit for forthcoming national tours. Despite better qualified candidates on paper, Harmison was appointed manager on the day of his interview, and turned around Ashington’s losing streak which had seen them heading for relegation.
Steve Harmison’s impressive career across different sports and different playing and managing duties make him an intriguing character to book to appear at a private or corporate event as an after dinner speaker. His can entertain an audience with an insider’s perspective in the England national cricket team, and also tell tales of his time with Ashington AFC. To book Steve Harmison, please contact an agent at London based booking agency, MN2S.