Former England captain Andrew Strauss rebuked opening batter Zak Crawley for inconsistent performances and called his game skewed.
Crawley hasn’t scored a 50-plus score in his last 14 innings and his abysmal average of 26 is a concern for the Ben Stokes-led side. The Kent batter’s recent scores of 9 & 13 in the first Test against South Africa only rubbed salt on the wounds.
It feels like Zak Crawley’s game is a bit skewed at the moment: Andrew Strauss
Strauss, who played 100 Tests for England between 2004 and 2012, opined that Crawley lacks the understanding of playing with risks.
“The problem Zak Crawley has is that we haven’t had the upside to go with the downside,” former England captain Andrew Strauss told Sky Sports.
“It feels like his game is a bit skewed at the moment. He doesn’t understand the high-risk from the low-risk options. From what we have seen, he is not at ease with his game or his place in the team either,” he added.
You are not going to last in international cricket: Andrew Strauss to Zak Crawley
Even though England assistant coach Ian Bell defended Crawley’s selection in the playing XI, Strauss said the 24-year-old might not last in international cricket in the longer run.
“We haven’t seen enough of that – the learning, the adapting his game, the smart decision-making,” Strauss said.
“If you have not got that, you are not going to last in international cricket. There is too much analysis and too many smart bowlers who will work you over very quickly,” he added.
England lost the first Test to the Proteas by an innings and 12 runs. A lot of questions were raised on the Bazball application when England faced a superficial bowling attack.
Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi and Marco Jansen were too good to decimate England’s innings for 165 and 149.
The second Test will begin on August 25 at the Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester.