Crawley confident of a bright career ahead despite poor 2021

Crawley confident of a bright career ahead despite poor 2021

Zak Crawley, echoed captain Root’s opinion, saying that England’s batting woes in the Ashes will not be improved until the standard of pitches in county cricket is uplifted, adding that he will stay committed to Kent rather than seeking a fresh start at a higher club because the issue is a “country-wide problem”.

Writing a column for the national newspaper, England’s former captain Nasser Hussain suggested that Crawley would benefit from a move away from Kent to progress in his career. Despite currently hosting Division One cricket in the County Championship, Canterbury’s average runs per wicket since 2017 is 27.11, the fifth-lowest of the 18 first-class grounds. Given this stat, Nasser Hussain’s suggestion makes sense.

The Kia Oval, by contrast, tops the list at 34.67 – with Ollie Pope currently averaging 99.94 in home games for Surrey, even though those numbers have not translated to success in the current campaign. He made 48 runs at 12.00 in the first two Tests before being replaced by Jonny Bairstow in the middle-order.

Crawley keen to continue playing for Kent
“As long as I’m playing for England. I don’t see the need [to move],” Crawley said. “As long as I’m wearing the Three Lions, I haven’t really given it much thought, to be honest, because that’s my sole focus at the moment.
 
“Obviously I’d like the pitch at Canterbury to be a little bit better,” he added. “I don’t think it’s unfair of me to say. But I don’t think it’s just a Kent thing: I think pretty much all the grounds I’ve played on have been pretty poor.
 
“It’d be tough for me to find somewhere maybe a bit flatter. It’s more a country-wide problem, and I think it will help our Test team a lot if pitches did start getting better.”
 
In spite of his struggles to build on that double-century that caught much attention, Crawley is adamant that his tough year at the top of the order – both on a series of spinning decks in the subcontinent, and now here in Australia – will help him to improve further on in his career.
Being a better player than I was a year ago is my focus – Crawley
“Playing in India against that spin and then the other night at the MCG in that final session of the [second] day, they’re the two hardest spells of cricket I’ve ever had, by a long way,” he said.
 
“I wouldn’t have thought that it would get much harder than those two experiences. So, you’ve just got to take them on the chin and move on and learn from them. That’s what I’ll try and do.
 
“Cricket’s a game where you fail a lot more than you succeed. So, it’s been a good year for me to try and pick myself back up and go again, and see how many times you can keep coming back and improving. I feel like I have improved and am a better player than I was a year ago. And that’s what I am going to look to do this year, be a better player than I am right now.”

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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