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”.
Crawley, 23, produced an eye-catching innings of 77 from 100 balls in the second innings at Sydney this week – only England’s second non-defeat in 14 Tests in Australia since 2011 – as the tourists saved themselves from humiliation by drawing the fourth Test to end Australia’s dreams of a whitewash.
The innings was another glimpse of the talents of a player who shot to fame with his career-best 267 against Pakistan in 2020, but who accumulated just 173 runs at 10.81 in 16 innings in the whole of 2021, even though that stat included a similarly free-flowing 53 at Ahmedabad in March.
After replacing the out-of-form Rory Burns for the third Test at Melbourne, Crawley is now part of an England batting line-up that has yet to cross 300 in eight innings of the series, but as the end to another failed Ashes nears, he is adamant that the players are being let down by the county game.
“I’ve batted on poor pitches, really, my whole Championship career,” Crawley told reporters in Hobart, ahead of Friday’s fifth Test. “I feel like it’s been very hard to open the batting.
“At my best, I’ve obviously shown something the England selectors have enjoyed. So I got picked with an average of 30, but there aren’t too many openers averaging a lot more than that at the moment.
“The pitches have been very favourable to bowlers my whole career so far so until that changes… I feel like the average is a little bit lower than I’d like. I think 34-35 is a very good average for an opener these days, and that’s something that’s very different from 10 years ago.”
“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.”
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