Former England skipper Alastair Cook has advised Zak Crawley to make a better judgement while leaving the ball around off-stump. His comments arrives after the England opener struggled to score runs during ongoing ENG vs NZ 2nd Test at Trent Bridge.
England and New Zealand are taking on each other in the 2nd Test of the ongoing Test series. Arriving to bat in the 1st innings, Zak Crawley got out for just 4 runs. He managed to play just 6 balls before losing his wicket to Tom Blundell. Crawley failed to come up with a good show in the 1st Test as well, getting out for 43 and 9 in both innings.
Better Judgment When Leaving The Ball Would Help Zak Crawley: Alastair Cook
While speaking about the match on BBC’s show Test Match Special, former England opener Alastair Cook talked about Zak Crawley’s poor run in the series.
“I think a lot of it must be down to Zak Crawley’s judgment on and around the off-stump. Better judgment when leaving the ball would help. But it’s hard when one of your main scoring shots is also one of your main weaknesses. That’s a hard conundrum to get over.” Alastair Cook said.
“A front-foot drive in Test cricket early on in your innings is a high-risk shot no matter who you’re playing and certainly in England, it is. But when he scores so many runs with it, it becomes a really hard balance to get,” Cook further added.
Meanwhile, New Zealand posted a mammoth total of 553-10 in ENG vs NZ 2nd Test batting first. For New Zealand, Daryl Mitchell slammed spectacular 190 runs while Tom Blundell hit 106. For England, James Anderson picked 3 wickets while Stuart Broad, Ben Stokes, and Jack Leach got 2 wickets each.
However, England faced a big blow at the start of their 1st innings after they lost Zak Crawley cheaply for just 4 runs. Ollie Pope came out to bat at no.3 for England. At the stumps of Day 2, England reached 90-1 on the board with Alex Lees on 34 and Ollie Pope on 51. England leads the three-match series 1-0 after winning the 1st Test by 5 wickets.
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