The Ashes: Nasser Hussain says ‘class act’ Zak Crawley deserves run in England side after starring at SCG | Cricket News

Nasser Hussain

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Nasser Hussain says it “was Test cricket at its best” as British tailenders denied Australia to the SCG; the former England captain believes the team showed real character to secure a draw amid a string of injuries; Jos Buttler will miss the final test while Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow are in doubt

Last updated: 01/09/22 11:17

After a tense draw on the final day of the fourth test, Nasser Hussain says England can take a lot of credit for their performance

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After a tense draw on the final day of the fourth test, Nasser Hussain says England can take a lot of credit for their performance

After a tense draw on the final day of the fourth test, Nasser Hussain says England can take a lot of credit for their performance

Nasser Hussain says “a class act” Zak Crawley has shown he should get a long run as England opener after a fluent fifty on the fifth day of the Ashes Test draw in Sydney.

Crawley (77 out of 100 balls) amassed 13 borders in his fifth half-century test. It was the first of an England opening in this Ashes series.

The 23-year-old Kent star averaged 10.81 in eight test matches in 2021, watching the shadow of the player who scored 267 goals against Pakistan in Southampton in August 2020.

After his career best score of 267 against Pakistan in 2020, Zak Crawley took another 18 test innings to score more than that in total.

After his career best score of 267 against Pakistan in 2020, Zak Crawley took another 18 test innings to score more than that in total.

But Crawley told SCG before the fourth test that he “knew perfectly well” he could score one hundred and only dropped 23 points during an authoritative shot.

Sky Sport Cricket expert and former England captain Hussain said: “I think Crawley was the highlight of the Test match for me.

“Seeing him play with such ease and simple technique, put the bad ball away and put the pressure back on the Australian bowlers [was fantastic]. It’s something that wasn’t there at the top of the order.

“Crawley had a terrible 2021, but he reminded everyone what a class act it can be and that he’s someone worth staying with for the future. Zak now has to bat like that pretty much every time he comes out to bat.

“Maybe his earnings last year weren’t good enough. The 267 he got at the Ageas Bowl a couple of years was phenomenal.

Crawley scored 77 of England’s first 100 points. The last time an English player scored a higher percentage of England’s top 100 points was when Graham Gooch scored 82 in Chennai in early 1982.

“Even his previous fifty in Test cricket [against India in Ahmedabad last February] impressed some really good observers. That was a “wow” inning.

“And, in Sydney, people like it [former Australia batters] Mark Waugh and Mark Taylor said “wow, where was this guy?”

“He just has to make sure he gets back to Hobart in the fifth test, get another score and keep ticking. For the way he’s played at the SCG, he has to get a side run.

“England showed a lot of character”

The half-century of Crawley and Ben Stokes (60), a gritty 41 from first inning centurion Jonny Bairstow (41), and then the stamina of tailors Jack Leach (26), Stuart Broad (8no) and James Anderson (0no) have seen England avoid defeat and put an end to Australia’s hopes of winning the series.

Hussain said the thrilling final in Sydney was “Test cricket at its best” and that England should take a lot of heart from the result after seeing a number of players suffer injuries and coach Chris Silverwood miss the match. due to the isolation of Covid.

She said Sky Sports News: “It’s not just about celebrating a draw, but celebrating Test cricket. Five days of hard work and hard work. You’ve had two veterans at Anderson and Broad with over 300 tests between them trying to keep out a spinner part. -time in Steve Smith.It’s was Test cricket at its best

“With everything England have been through – Silverwood and various other Covid-affected coaches, injuries to Stokes, Jos Buttler and Bairstow – I thought England were showing a lot of character.

“They play more Test cricket than anyone else and have lived in the bubbles of Covid. It was a difficult tour mentally and now a difficult tour physically.

“You often take too much from draws where you are hanging nine under, but from that I think England can take a lot of credit.

“Australia played great cricket, but England held out and avoided the dreaded whitewash.”

Ben Stokes scored two fifties in Sydney but was hampered by a side stretch and is in doubt for the final Hobart Test

Ben Stokes scored two fifties in Sydney but was hampered by a side stretch and is in doubt for the final Hobart Test

What should England do in Hobart?

Buttler will miss the fifth Hobart test from Friday due to a finger injury, with Sam Billings looking likely to make his test debut as a substitute wicketkeeper, despite Ollie Pope admirably replacing Buttler in the second inning of the Sydney Test and taking four. catches.

Stokes (side) and Bairstow (thumb) are also in doubt for the pink ball game at Blundstone Arena, although they will travel with the team before a decision on their participation is made.

Hussain added: “England will have to wait and see Stokes. When he was playing some shots like the short cut he made a face.

“It is one thing to move forward in a match, but I’m not sure you can get into a match injured. That would be too risky. He certainly can’t bowling, so that affects the balance of the team.

“England have a number of options in the middle and gloved order in Billings and Pope. Above, Haseeb Hameed looks a bit tight and short of leads.”

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