Cricket World Player of the Week - Zak Crawley
Zak Crawley is the Cricket World Player of the Week for his terrific 267-run knock in the third test. Crawley made history by adding 359 runs with Jos Buttler for the 5th wicket - the highest-ever 5th wicket stand against Pakistan.
It was just days ago that Zak Crawley was not certain of his place in the side. Six tests into his international career, he was yet to reach triple figures, and questions were beginning to crop up about his temperament and conversion rate.
With a First-class average of just 30.82 and a List A average of 35.38, there were concerns about whether there weren't more deserving young batsmen in the county circuit than Crawley. Clearly, whoever was responsible for his selection had seen something that others could not.
With a quality half-century in the last innings of the 2nd test against Pakistan, when most England batsmen struggled, Crawley showed that he belonged.
His terrific 267-run knock in the third test, in which he looked almost invincible once past his maiden hundred, was a delight to watch. Most impressive was his positive mindset and the way he took on the bowlers.
Crawley made history by adding 359 runs with Jos Buttler for the 5th wicket - the highest-ever 5th wicket stand against Pakistan. 267 is also the highest score for which a batsman has been out stumped in test cricket.
The 22-year-old surely has a bright future.
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