Zac Crawley maiden Test century: The English batsman reached the three-figure mark for the first time in Test cricket today.
During the first day of the third Test of the ongoing England’s tour of Pakistan in Southampton, England batsman Zac Crawley registered his maiden Test century to stand tall in a difficult situation for his team.
Coming in to bat at No. 3 in the fifth over, Crawley received a loose delivery on the leg-side from Pakistan fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi which he comfortably flicked for a boundary. In the same over, Crawley dodged a yorker from Afridi to score his second boundary on only the third ball.
Despite losing an early wicket, Crawley and England opening batsman Dom Sibley (22) played positive cricket to ensure that the visitors don’t run away with an early advantage.
Crawley, who hit boundaries off Yasir Shah and Naseem Shah, showed no signs of getting troubled in his first hour in the middle. After an elongated streak of dot balls, Crawley hit a boundary off Afridi to complete his half-century a delivery before the lunch break.
The 22-year old right-hand batsman might have done the same with respect to scoring his century in the last over before the tea break but it wasn’t to be as he walked back to the pavilion on 97*. With England losing another two wickets in the second session, Crawley holding his end was the need of the hour for the hosts.
Zac Crawley maiden Test century
It was on the last delivery on the first over of the last session that Crawley punched a Mohammad Abbas delivery on the off-side to score his maiden Test hundred amidst applause from his teammates from the dressing room.
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) August 21, 2020
What a moment #CreepyCrawley 💯👏🏻
— Joe Denly (@joed1986) August 21, 2020
Well played Zak Crawley!! 💯 #ENGvPAK
— Isa Guha (@isaguha) August 21, 2020
Of all landmarks and milestones for a batsman, nothing perhaps matters as much as a maiden Test ton. Well played Zak Crawley!
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) August 21, 2020
— Alison Mitchell (@AlisonMitchell) August 21, 2020
— ICC (@ICC) August 21, 2020
What a class player Zac Crawley looks. Calm, balanced and confident.#ENGvPAK
— Atiq-uz-Zaman (@Atiq160Test) August 21, 2020
What. A. Moment 😍
— England’s Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) August 21, 2020
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