In Test cricket, Zak Crawley has no intention of being a one-hit wonder and is already planning a suitable Sri Lankan follow-up to his career-changing double hundred last summer. Twenty-two is the era of the Kent batsman, who in his last appearance for England in August scored a magnificent 267 against Pakistan – more than triple his previous best of 76 in a single visit to the plate and a brutal turn of the first hundred into his country’s tenth highest score ever.
Nearly five months will have passed by the time he faces Sri Lanka for the first of two back-to-back tests in Galle on January 14th, a glorious innings coming to an end. Scorecard/Clips: https://t.co/JVsNai1pz8#ENGvPAK pic.twitter.com/NYmnaXeVfL- England Cricket (@englandcricket) August 22, 2020 In several English cricket annual evaluations, highlights of his fluent innings occupied a lofty position and his stock increased accordingly, but Crawley preferred not to focus on past glories. It’s like a monkey on your back when you do, you never really know whether you can score a hundred in a test until you do, but now I know I can and hopefully I can build on that,” he said, “It’s still very early days, but I don’t want to be a one-hit wonder, get a big result and then fade away. Crawley joined the rest of the England squad on Wednesday after spendinininin session for a delayed first training session. It’s really stressful for them, obviously, and I feel for them,” Crawley said, “I’m sure they’ll be all right when the other side comes out. After the days in quarantine, the other guys were happy to get out there and we’re still enjoying it. Moeen Ali (left) and Chris Woakes (right) remain in isolation due to the diagnosis of the former Covid 19 (Tim Goode/PA) England will play a warm-up game inside the squad on Friday to step up their training. Rory Burns, the frequent partner of Dom Sibley, is back home expecting his first child’s birth, I used to play at three when I was young and all my heroes played at three. I liked the way it worked, where I had a little chance before I went in to think about the innings, which was something I hadn’t done in a while since I played a lot as an opener. But playing for England means a lot to me, and if they want me to open up, I’ll open up. If they want me on the six, then I’m going to play on the six, but if I have a choice, I’m going to play on the three, maybe. “As well as his starring role in England’s last Test, Crawley also scored a century in Colombo in the final warm-up game of last year’s aborted tour. He is therefore firmly on Sri Lanka’s radar going into the series proper, a new pressure he is relaxed about as he explains, “If you’re not in a good mood, you may be the world’s most average player, no matter how good you’ve been in the past, and an average player. It’s a humbling game, so you’re not supposed to be getting ahead of yourself.