England vs India, 5th Test: “Gifted Lad” Crowley Should Make The Most Of His Potential, Says Nasser Hussain

Former England captain Nasser Hossain is hoping opener Jacques Crawley, whom he referred to as a “talented lad”, should make the most of his abilities, as the youngster will be forced into a rescheduled fifth Test first innings total. I faced another failure. India on Saturday.

Post-lunch, Crowley went for a loose drive off India captain Jasprit Bumrah’s full length delivery outside off-stump and was caught safely by Shubman Gill for nine runs at third slip. Crowley, falling cheaply, extended his lean run to England’s 3–0 sweep of New Zealand, where he achieved scores of 43, 9, 4, 0, 6 and 25.

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“You can’t go back to the 90s where England kept chopping and changing. People feel more comfortable if they have support and are given a long run but your only posture is the move and that keeps going out the same way. I think he is the real test of the McCullum and Stokes brand of cricket,” said Hussain during the rain-caused halt at Sky Play Broadcast in England.

“Crawley is in charge of his own career and you don’t want to be that talented kid who plays some lovely shots, you want to be the genius kid who makes the most of your potential. Bairstow for example has been positive in his last three innings but Not reckless, while there is a gap between opening and batting at No.5 in England. You would expect something else to happen in this coaching system where they say ‘percentages were against you today’, said Hussain.

With Crowley extending his lean run, former England captain Michael Atherton agreed with Hossain’s views. “The captain and coach have to support their players but the question is for how long? In the end, currency moves. Crowley’s dismissal today was about length over the line.

“I would say the ball was not a driveable length today when it comes to play, it is a defense or a skip length. But England want the players to carry on with the game. Stokes has told county cricketers that they need to come into the team. Will have to play like this.

Cricket analytics company CricWiz said that outside the off-stump channel, there is a pocket of weakness for Crowley.

“This is the fourth time Jack Crawley has been caught in the channel outside the off-stump this summer – his average is now just under 18 when facing a delivery into the off-stump channel as a Test opener,” he said. Read the tweet.

Asked whether Crowley should rein in his attacking instincts as an opener, Atherton remarked, “It may be an old-fashioned approach. But, in times like these, when the circumstances are not in your favor, I think you have to find a way out, then get to the point where the circumstances are in your favor. That’s what Crowley is struggling to do.”

“If you think about his brilliant double century against Pakistan in 2020 – which I am not taking at all – it was scored on a beautiful batting pitch. He played brilliantly and I don’t think you can play like that. You can’t be a player but you won’t always have a beautiful batting pitch.

India are currently in the lead in the match as rain halted proceedings, with England at 31/2 in 6.3 overs, with Bumrah dismissing the opening pair of Crawley and Alex Lees on either side of the long lunch break.

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