Former England National Cricket Team skipper Nasser Hussain has said that the 24-year-old batter Zak Crawley’s “repetitive nature of dismissals” is a major concern for the England Test team.
The young England opening batsman Crawley once again failed to perform well for his team as he was cleaned up by India captain Jasprit Bumrah on Day 2 of the Edgbaston Test match and he was able to score only 9 runs off 17 balls.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Hussain said that reviving Crawley’s career is going to be the real test of the Stokes-McCullum era. He elaborated:
“It is a real test for this new era, and McCullum and Stokes, because they’ve given Crawley their backing and this is how they want to play their cricket.
“It is the repetitive nature of dismissals that must surely, eventually, become a concern. Driving without due care and attention against the moving ball is going to get you in trouble. You might get the odd pretty, crisp four through the offside but eventually, a bowler of Bumrah or [Tim] Southee’s ability will back themselves to find the edge.”
If you’re sitting there as Zak Crawley, are you comfortable being this player – Nasser Hussain
Former England captain further said that Zak Crawley’s thinking is the most important factor because he will have to decide whether he wants to make changes to his batting and become a more consistent batter and play good innings for England like Alastair Cook and Michael Atherton used to do. He elaborated:
“What really matters is what he thinks and whether he thinks he should change. If you’re sitting there as Zak Crawley, are you comfortable being this player, this inconsistent talent or do you want to improve, get better and become more consistent and not play the shot of the day but the innings of the day like Alastair Cook or Michael Atherton used to play? At the end of the day, it is your career and you’re in charge of it.”
Get All Cricket match prediction and fantasy Tips – CLICK HERE