Former India captain and current BCCI president Sourav Ganguly is mighty impressed with England batsman Zak Crawley after the latter’s sensational performance in the ongoing third Test against Pakistan in Southampton.
Crawley turned his maiden Test century in a mammoth double ton in a record partnership with Jos Buttler. The right-handed batsman, who reached his maiden Test century on the opening day, added another 96 runs on the second day to reach 267 before he was stumped.
On the other hand, Buttler scored 152 as the pair put on 359 for the fifth wicket to help England pile up 583 for 8 declared. The partnership set a new England record to better the 254 made by Tony Grieg and Keith Fletcher for the fifth wicket against India in 1973.
💯 x 2️⃣ + 5⃣0⃣*
A dream performance for Zak Crawley!pic.twitter.com/lTCV2qupqo
— ICC (@ICC) August 22, 2020
Crawley scored his first Test double ton at 22 years and 201 days which puts him behind only Len Hutton and David Gower on the list of England’s youngest double-centurions. His knock is also England’s 10th highest all-time score. The special knock from the 22-year old included 34 fours and one six.
Crawley for No 3 spot:
As Crawley made merry against Pakistan’s bowling, Sourav Ganguly took to Twitter to lavish praise on him. The legendary batsman was so impressed with the youngster that he asked England to stick with him as their number three batsman. Sourav Ganguly also expressed his desire of seeing Crawley play for England in all the formats.
“England have found a very good no 3 in Crawley.. looks a class player .. hope to see him in all formats regularly,” wrote the former India batsman.
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) August 22, 2020
Usually Joe Root bats at number three for England. In the previous Test series against West Indies, England had tried out Crawley at number three in the second Test. But after he registered figures of 0 and 11, Root was promoted back to number three.
In the first Test of the ongoing series, Root batted at number three again as Crawley failed to find a place in the playing eleven. But he returned to playing eleven in the second Test after Ben Stokes left for New Zealand due to personal reasons and batted at number three. He impressed straightaway by scoring 53 in the drawn game before making the most of his promotion in the ongoing game.