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‘I wanted to get it away’: Zak Crawley remembers first ball four in 2023 Ashes

London (UK), May 8: England Test opener Zak Crawley revealed he planned to make an impact on the first delivery of the 2023 Ashes as he slammed a boundary from the very first ball of the series.

England Test captain Ben Stokes opted to play in the opening Test of the 2023 Ashes at Edgbaston, Birmingham. Australian skipper Pat Cummins bowled the first over in which Crawley hit the opening ball of the 2023 Ashes through cover point for four.

Cummins started with a solid length ball, well outside the stump. Crawley hit the ball to the cover point boundary.

“It was definitely kind of in the back of my mind that I wanted the first one to go away. Baz (Brendon McCullum) always talks about chasing great moments. I thought I opened up, you know. I would be good and probably is it’s a good chance to have the same impact when I look at the first ball. So it was definitely in the back of my mind. But you know, when you meet Pat Cummins there, and I told the guys, Cummins suddenly started at the top. “I started to get really nervous but I thought it was in my environment so I’m going to be a part of it,” Crawley told Sky Sports.

Zak Crawley hopes to play a more consistent role in the white ball and believes the 50-over and T20 formats are “quite suitable” for his playing style.

Since making his debut for England in 2021, Crawley has played in just eight ODIs, averaging 28.42, and amassing 199 runs. He has not yet been included in the T20 squad.

After a dreadful summer in 2022 with the Test team, during which he scored seven single-figure scores and scored just one fifty in thirteen innings, Crawley has since been one of England’s best players, prompting requests for his inclusion in the white ball. arena.

“I’ve always wanted to be a good white-ball player. I’m trying to add a few different shots to my game but I feel it’s quite suitable and I’ve done well in T20 cricket in the past when I’ve tried it,” Crawley told the Sky Sports Cricket Podcast.

“In the last few years things weren’t going so well so I wanted to focus on the red ball and stay in that team. It was always my priority for me to play Test cricket. That will always be my number one format. It means the most for me, but playing any format for England is a huge honor and playing white ball cricket is something I really want to do,” he added.

“I’m trying to add a bit more power to my game, working hard in the nets and trying a few different things to hopefully hit more and bigger sixes,” Crawley said.

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