The 22-year-old Zak Crawley has impressed everyone with his stunning maiden Test hundred against Pakistan’s lethal bowling attack on the first day of the third and last Test in Southampton. He got under the skin of the young fast bowler’s Shaheen Afridi and Nassem Shah, who could not find an answer to tackle courageous Crawley.
Although Shaheen had bowled some excellent spells, he could not get Zak Crawely’s wicket who was included in the playing XI after the allrounder Ben Stokes was rested.
After the end of the first day, Zak Crawley, who is still unbeaten at 171, expressed that scoring the maiden Test ton was the best feeling he ever had on the cricket field.
After playing sparkling innings when he walking back to the dressing room, England captain Joe Root and his other teammates stood in the balcony to appreciate his knock. The youngster, who was waving the bat at that time, said that it was an unbelievable moment for him as his whole career flashed in front of his eyes.
“It’s the best feeling I’ve had on the cricket field in some way,” Zak Crawley told reporters at the close. “It’s an unbelievable feeling, to see everybody on the balcony, it was almost like my whole career flashed before my eyes in that moment.”
Zak Crawley had put on an unbeaten 205 for the fifth wicket with Jos Buttler (87 not out) to lead England to 332-4 at the close of the opening day.
Zak Crawley reveals the toughest part of the day:
For the youngster, the toughest part was to keep a thought of scoring a hundred away from his mind. When he was close to score hundred, he kept his head cool and didn’t show he was nervous.
“I was trying to keep the hundred out of my head when I was on about 25, I just felt in such decent form that I couldn’t stop thinking about it. When I was on around 91, I was really nervous. Jos didn’t think I was, so I must have been hiding it pretty well,” Zak Crawley said.
Zak Crawley said that he had prepared a plan for every bowler which was key for his success.
“I have individual plans for each bowler and luckily I got a few lose ones early from Shaheen (Afridi), so I got off to a bit of a flyer. I was just trying to play straight and every ball on it merits,” he added.
Luckily, the weather in Southampton was in favour of Crawley because there was drizzle ahead of the first day.