English hitter Zak Crawley hopes that increased competition for places will help make England a stronger team, even if it means working harder to find a place for yourself.
What Zak Crawley Is Hoping?
Before the three-test series against the West Indies, up to thirty men – part of a training team – are trying to stand for the first game on July 8th. With the exception of some core players such as captain Joe Root, vice-captain Ben Stokes and experienced fast bowling duo James Anderson and Stuart Broad, not many players can expect automatic entries to Test XI.
Crawley believes that such a competition will benefit England in the long run, as players will constantly strive to improve themselves to keep themselves accountable.
“It’s great to see how much competition there is across the board,” Crawley said. “Remember the Australian side of the 2000s, some of the players who didn’t come on this side. I think that’s why they were such a strong team … such good training environments where everyone always strives to get together improve to get into the team.
” Side and we have the feeling that we have something similar at the moment. We have strength in depth. It will drive everyone and make us a pretty good site. “
Crawley, who has impressed in his short career so far, knows that England is spoiled for choice and that he will have to prove himself in training over the next few weeks to keep his place.
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He was alongside Dominic Sibley the opener in South Africa because there was no injured Rory Burns present. But with Burns back in the loop, Crawley knows that a spot won’t be easy. He even seemed to suspect that Burns might be the preferred option.
“Rory did very well in the games he played. He has completed runs in a very tough Ashes series. He has proven successful at the test level. I haven’t fully proven myself yet, but hopefully with a couple of points. I can get to that point, “he said.
Crawley is open to beating 3rd if team dynamics dictate. However, when he comes up to compete directly with his older Kent teammate, Joe Denly, a scenario Crawley admitted will be “strange”.
“It’s probably a little strange, to be honest,” Crawley admitted. “I get on very well with Joe and wish him much success. Ideally, we would both play and we both play together for a long time. That means that he really wants to play for England, I am sure of myself and we will still be good friends, whatever happens. “