Despite his continued failures at the top, England head coach Brendon McCullum continued to support fly-half Zak Crawley and said he would stick with him for the second Test against South Africa in Manchester. Crawley could only score 9 and 13 in England’s disgraceful loss by sets and 12 runs to South Africa in the first Test at Lord’s. In his previous ten innings, he only managed 164 runs with a poor average of 16.40. He hasn’t scored any 50s in this run, with the best score of 46. But McCullum believes patience is needed with the 24-year-old under scrutiny.
“You have to think about the overall package. We have players who have been placed in these positions because they have certain skills. I look at a guy like Zak and his skills are not being a consistent cricketer. He doesn’t “He’s not that type of player. He’s put in that situation because he has a game that when he starts he can win games for England,” McCullum said as quoted by ICC.
England succumbed to a brutal defeat in the first Test and South Africa were able to retain their top spot in the 2021-23 ICC World Test Championship standings.
Crawley’s poor form has seen many former players call for his immediate removal from the team.
One such cricketer is former England skipper Mike Atherton.
“He didn’t look like a man who was going to be there for a long time. England like him and obviously think there’s a lot of potential, but at some point you have to get someone out of the line. shooting,” Atherton said.
“The best bowlers have put him around the stump time and time again and Crawley goes after it on and around the stump. That’s the game as an opening batsman and if you’re having trouble sorting that aspect of your game, that’s a problem,” he added.
But McCullum believes in the long-term benefits of showing loyalty in selection.
“That’s not how I think. We want to keep giving guys opportunities so their skills and talent can come out. We have to be really positive about the language we use with him and be really consistent with the selections around that, to keep giving guys opportunities,” he said.
“The loyalty of the selection is really important. Not only does it retain the guys on the side, but it also retains the guys on the outside, because they know that when their opportunity arises, they will enjoy the same loyalty, “a- he added.
The second test between England and South Africa will take place from August 25 at Old Trafford, Manchester.
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