It was announced today that Zak Crawley is the 2020 Vitality PCA Young Player of the Year. The award was made at the NatWest PCA Cricket Awards at Edgbaston. Zak had previously been named the PCA Player of the Month for September.
Yes, this summer has been phenomenal for Zak. But, it was a summer long in the making. Tonbridge School, the academy at Kent and then Kent’s first XI, have been Zak’s stepping stones for his recent batting performances on the international stage,
Since 2017, Zak has made over 2500 runs and scored 5 centuries as-well-as 14 half-centuries in first-class cricket.
Selected for the 2019 tour of New Zealand, Zak made his debut in the second Test. He then travelled to South Africa for the 2019-2020 tour, playing in three Tests Zak scored 163 runs in 5 innings.
Zak made his England “home” debut in July this year in the first Test vs. the West Indies.
However, it was his magnificent 393 ball 267 (34 fours, 1 six) in the third Test vs, Pakistan in August which made all the headlines. This one innings propelled Zak into the top 10 of highest individual innings scored by an England player. He also became the third-youngest England player to reach a double century for his country.
As August closed, Zak was back at Kent helping the Spitfires in their challenge for honours in the Vitality Blast. The highlight being 108no (14 fours, 2 sixes) vs. Hampshire.
Zak has demonstrated time and again, he has the talent and skills to make this summer an endless one.
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