Zak Crawley scored an unforgettable first Test century today at the Ageas Bowl. Breezing past his previous highest first-class score of 168, Zak left the field at the close of play on 171no. Crucially for England, Zak and Jos Buttler (87no) added 205 in an unbroken fifth wicket partnership vs. Pakistan.
The day belonged to Zak, who crafted a mightily impressive innings in his eighth Test match.
Yet, the final Test of the series did not start well for England. The morning session was just in its fifth over and the home team were 12-1. Batting at 3, Zak was now called into the action.
Further, trouble built on trouble for Joe Root’s team. After winning the toss and deciding to bat, it can be assumed that England would not have expected to be 127-4. Zak was still out in the middle, batting with confidence and about to turn England’s fortunes around.
With Zak driving beautifully and playing crisp leg-side shots the balance of the Test shifted in the favour of England. Zak’s 50 (7 fours) came off 80 balls. He effortlessly moved past his previous highest Test score (76) and onto a well deserved century. He then set about building a substantial and eye-catching three-figure innings.
At the other end, Jos began his innings playing a dutiful supporting role. His innings of course evolved with Jos unleashing some of his trademark shots. Memorably, this included two straight down the ground sixes in one over off Yasir.
At the close of play Zak and Jos had taken England to 332-4. Tomorrow, England will be looking for more runs from Zak and Jos to put the Test beyond Pakistan.
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