Zak Crawley has beforehand scored two centuries whereas donning the England Take a look at jersey, however each have been throughout warm-up video games – the primary one in New Zealand and the opposite in Sri Lanka. His general first-class profession has three centuries. However all till this Friday night in Southampton. Driving fluently and elegantly at a powerful charge towards Pakistan within the third Take a look at on the Ageas Bowl, Crawley botched up his maiden worldwide ton for England.
Reaching the triple-figure mark with a two all the way down to deep additional cowl within the first over after Tea, Crawley turned the primary England No.3 to make a Take a look at century since Jonny Bairstow in 2018 and Joe Root in 2016. He additionally turned the third youngest at 22 years and 200 days to attain a century for England towards Pakistan after Alaistair Cook dinner (21y 200d) and Ian Botham (22y 191d).
It has been a start-stop summer time for Crawley who has been trying to cement his place within the England Take a look at lineup as a No.3 batsman. And had it not been for Ben Stokes’ private cause, Crawley would not have been of the squad in all probability. Stokes’ departure forward of the second Take a look at, handed Crawley solely his fourth look this summer time regardless of spectacular numbers. In his first Take a look at on residence soil, towards West Indies at this very venue, Crawley managed to carve out an honest 76 at a brisk charge which performed a pivotal function in England’s comeback win. After which within the earlier Take a look at, a rain-curtailed conflict as soon as once more on the Ageas Bowl, Crawley scored his second half-century rating this summer time.
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Together with his maiden century, Crawley, who’s enjoying his eighth Take a look at match, has improved on his career-best rating from 76. He hit 11 fours within the 170-ball knock whereas having an unbeaten 65-run stand with Jos Buttler (24) till Tea break after England misplaced captain Root (29) and Ollie Pope (3) within the second session.
England presently lead the sequence 1-0 within the three-game sequence and is trying to win their first Take a look at sequence towards Pakistan in 10 years and second this summer time after having overwhelmed West Indies 2-1.
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