Zac Crawley: The 21-year old English batsman is in the middle of an incredible innings under pressure at the Ageas Bowl.
During the fourth day of the first Test of the ongoing West Indies’ tour of England in Southampton, England batsman Zac Crawley has scored his second half-century in what has been a vital innings for his team.
Coming in to bat at No. 4 in the 52nd over, Crawley joined hands with stand-in captain Ben Stokes as the duo shared a 98-run partnership for the fourth wicket to nearly play the day for the hosts.
Crawley, who completed his half-century in the 73rd over by hitting a couple of boundaries off West Indies all-rounder Roston Chase, went on to score his career-best score of 76 (127) before handing a return catch to West Indies pacer Alzarri Joseph in the 91st over.
Zak Crawley is the 1st to make a career best score 6 times in his first 8 Test inns for England:
1, 4, 25, 44, 66, 24, 10, 67*.
For other teams: KD Boyce, GA Faulkner, TJ Franklin, SM Gavaskar, C Hill, W Jaffer, V Kohli, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shafiul Islam, WPUJC Vaas, CL Walcott
— Andrew Samson (@AWSStats) July 11, 2020
With both Stokes (46) and Crawley getting dismissed within six deliveries, England are surely on the back foot in the Test again.
Is Zac Crawley related to former English batsman John Crawley?
Having said that, there has been an off the field query with respect to Zac Crawley and his potential relation with former England batsman John Crawley. Given the same surnames of both the players, numerous fans are mistaking Zac Crawley for John Crawley’s relative.
To end the suspense, it is worth mentioning that both the players are not related to each other by any means.
John Crawley, who represented England in 37 Tests and 13 ODIs from 1994-2003, has two elder brothers named Mark and Peter Crawley. All the three brothers had played first-class cricket for Lancashire at some point in their respective careers.
However, Zac Crawley is not related to any of the three brothers. Born in Kent, Zac has risen up the ranks in English cricket on the back of doing well in age-group cricket.