Jack Crowley’s England place is under threat after the failure at Lord’s

ENG vs SA: England opener Jack Crowley’s run drought shows no sign of abating and his failure in the first Test…

ENG vs SA: England opener Jack Crowley’s run drought shows no signs of abating and his failure in the first Test against South Africa has made his place in the team untenable. The 24-year-old managed scores of nine and 13 at Lord’s where South Africa won by an innings and 12 runs in three days to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Follow ENG vs SA Test live updates with InsideSport.IN

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ENG v SA: Jack Crowley’s England place under threat after Lord’s failure

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Crawley is now without a half-century in his last 14 innings and his Test average of 26 calls into question his place in the squad.

“The problem with Jack Crowley was that we couldn’t get away with the negatives,” Former England captain Andrew Strauss told Sky Sports.

“At the moment it seems his game is a bit skewed.

“He doesn’t understand high-risk from low-risk options. From what we have seen, he is not comfortable with his game or his place in the team.”

Although he is known for great strokeplay, consistency has not been Crowley’s strength, but team management looks good with it.

“We don’t necessarily look for compatibility with Zak,” Assistant coach Paul Collingwood said in favor of picking the opener for the match.

“It’s about match-winning performances and being able to do something special.”

Strauss said, a top-order batsman must be good at adapting to the conditions.

“We haven’t seen enough of that — learning, adapting his game, making smart decisions,” Former opener Dr. Strauss himself.

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“If you don’t get that, you cannot survive in international cricket. There is too much analysis and too many smart bowlers who will finish you off very quickly.”

South Africa did just that at Lord’s, exploiting the opener’s well-known weakness against left-arm spin.

In England’s second innings, visiting captain Dean Elgar introduced Keshav Maharaj early in the eighth over. Crowley was trapped lbw by the left-arm spinner on his third delivery.

The second Test will begin on Thursday at Old Trafford in Manchester.

ENG v SA: Jack Crowley’s England place under threat after Lord’s failure

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