Zak Crawley offers up to rediscover positivity after testing problems with England

Zak Crawley desperate to rediscover his positivity after a chastening year of Test cricket with England batsman hoping for a renaissance on the fold with London Spirit in The Hundred

  • Zak Crawley has started his test battle for England last year jaar
  • Crawley, 23, made just 21 runs in four innings against New Zealand this summer
  • However, the batter rediscovered his form in the one-day internationals
  • Crawley wants to rediscover his positivity with London Spirit in The Hundred

Zak Crawley is looking to rediscover his positivity after a difficult year in Test cricket bottomed out with 21 runs in four innings against New Zealand.

Crawley seemed to have the world at his feet when he hit a sparkling 267 against Pakistan in the Ageas Bowl last August. But since then, 12 test innings – in Sri Lanka and India, then at home against the New Zealanders – have given him just 123 runs and a lone half-century.

But he recently enjoyed his unexpected ODI debut against Pakistan, triggered when a Covid-19 scare forced England to choose an entirely new squad. He made an unbeaten half-century on debut and 97 runs from just 85 balls in total, and is looking to take that freedom into next month’s Test series against India after being named in a 17-man roster for the first two matches.

The young batsman has struggled at test level over the past year

Zak Crawley offers to rediscover his positivity as the batter prepares for The Hundred

The 23-year-old has endured a scorching 12 months in Test cricket, not making any big scores

The 23-year-old has endured a scorching 12 months in Test cricket, not making any big scores

“There was a certain freedom in how we played in the one-day, and I think that’s why we did so well,” he said. Sports post.

“There was no pressure on us. I really enjoyed it – as much as I’ve had cricket for a while. It’s a difficult team to get into, but I’d love to play in a World Cup in either format.

“I was a little out of shape during the tests, but we all know what cricket is like. It was a real challenge hitting spinners armed with the new ball on the subcontinent. I’d never done that before, so I didn’t go into too much detail. But New Zealand was disappointing.

“It’s very important to stay at the right level. I don’t try to prove anything to people, and even the best players fail 80 percent of the time, so you have to find a way to deal with that. I won’t sulk after New Zealand. I have learned a lot about myself.

However, Crawley's inclusion in the ODI squad has given him a much-needed new lease of life

However, Crawley’s inclusion in the ODI squad has given him a much-needed new lease of life

The England batsman hopes to carry over his ODI form to the new format for London Spirit

The England batsman hopes to carry over his ODI form to the new format for London Spirit

“I struggled a bit in the first Test at Lord’s, and then I got a little negative after that. I like to be positive in everything I do, so against India I want to be positive again.’

He will need little excuse to go for his shots when he queues for the first two games of London Spirit at The Hundred, at Edgbaston on Friday and Lord’s on Sunday. And he will only be pushed in one direction by Shane Warne, the Spirit’s head coach.

“It’s great working with him,” Crawley said. “He is one of the greatest cricket brains of all time. During training, he is constantly thinking. Those who think the best are the best players. There I feel I can improve a bit.’

And he has no doubts that The Hundred will be a success.

“We play against the best players in the country and the best foreign players in the world. Whiteball cricket in England is already good, but the whole country is getting better.’

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