England youngster Zak Crawley has scored a stunning double century in the ongoing third Test against Pakistan in Southampton. Playing his eighth Test, the right-handed batsman converted his maiden Test hundred into a superb innings of 267.
Crawley and Jos Buttler, who made 152, shared a stand of 359 that powered England to 583-8 declared on the second day of the third Test. The 22-year old, 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 the mammoth total.
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. Zak 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 youngster included 34 fours and one six.
💯 x 2️⃣ + 5⃣0⃣*
A dream performance for Zak Crawley!pic.twitter.com/lTCV2qupqo
— ICC (@ICC) August 22, 2020
Pakistan’s stunning reaction:
Cricket is called gentlemen’s game and Pakistan proved it thoroughly on Saturday. Despite being sent on a leather hunt by Zak Crawley for nearly two days and toiling hard on the field, all the Pakistan players came up with stunning gestures after the batsman was dismissed by Asad Shafiq.
As the England star was making his way towards the dressing room, Pakistan players were seen running towards him to congratulate him for his special knock. Pakistan’s batting coach Younis Khan was also seen applauding the knock.
Here is a clip of that beautiful moment:
A glorious innings finally comes to an end.
Incredible knock Zak Crawley! 👏
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) August 22, 2020
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