England coach Brendon McCullum has said he is likely to stick with struggling opening batsman Zak Crawley and start him In the second Test against South Africa starting on August 25 in Manchester. He said one must consider the “overall package.”
In the first Test at Lord’s, which England lost by an innings and 12 runs in just three days, Crawley, a 24-year-old opener, only managed nine and thirteen against the Proteas. In 10 innings this summer, the right-handed batsman has failed to reach the 50-point mark for his nation.
At Old Trafford, McCullum stated that he was prepared to be patient with the young batsman and give him another chance.
“You need to consider the whole picture, “ McCullum was quoted as saying by ICC on Sunday.
“Some of our athletes are in certain places because they possess particular skill sets. When I consider a person like Zak, I see that he lacks the necessary cricketing skills. He is not that kind of a player. He is in that position because he plays a game that, when it clicks, can help England win games, “McCullum continued.
‘We want to keep giving guys opportunities’: Brendon McCullum
England coach Brendon McCullum has said he is likely to stick with struggling opening batsman Zak Crawley. McCullum asserted that is not how he thinks:
McCullum remarked, “I do not think like that, We want to keep giving them chances so that their talent and expertise may shine. To continue giving men chances, we must be extremely positive in the language we use with him and extremely consistent in our choices.”
“Selection fidelity is very significant. Not only does it increase the devotion of the guys in the side, but also increases the loyalty of the guys outside because they are confident that they would receive the same loyalty if and when they get the chance.”
England will seek to get back on track against South Africa in the second Test of the three-match series.