jack crawley It is hoped that working on his ramp and reverse-sweep can help him cement his place in England’s white-ball plans, as he looks to increase the range of his shots after ending the Ashes as their leading run-scorer. want to expand further.
Crawley played his first innings since the end of the Ashes on Saturday and scored 30 off 15 balls. London Spirit hard-fought win over Trent Rockets at Lord’s, and is targeting england call-up For the December tour of the Caribbean for three ODIs and five T20 matches against the West Indies.
After scoring runs at a strike rate of 88.72 in five Tests against Australia this summer, the transition to 100-ball cricket doesn’t require a significant change in approach. “I try to keep it fairly even,” Crowley explained. “I play similar shots, just a little more aggressive and maybe a little more aerial.”
Crawley modeled his white-ball game James Vince, another top-order batsman who relies on placement more than power and is adept at exploiting the powerplay. “I really like the way he plays. He’s a very natural player. If I can emulate him, he does really well in England and I think it’s similar to my game.” Is.”
“Obviously you have to persist and the game is getting more aggressive every year, so you try and keep it up: I definitely feel like my game will get more aggressive as the years go by. But for now , it’s still about playing good shots and finding the right moments to score.”
He flashed a ramp facing Luke Wood on Saturday, scooping him over short fine leg for four, and will be looking to extend the range of his innovative shots. “I’m trying to get better at something,” Crowley said. ,[You will see] some more sweeps, reverse-sweeps, and maybe a ramp; Other than that, I try to play the ball on its merits.”
During his early days at Kent, he used to play ramp regularly. “I haven’t played it a lot in recent times, but before I played for England, I used to play it a lot. I’m trying to work on it and get it back a bit more – and hopefully [it will] Free up some other areas to score.”
Crawley was seen practicing his reverse-sweep in the nets throughout the Ashes, having initially devised a plan to use it against Nathan Lyon. He played it against them three times before Lyon suffered a series-ending injury, although he continued to play it against Todd Murphy and Travis Head.
“Lyon’s got lovely shape on the ball, so I felt like he was fine to reverse-sweep outside off,” Crowley, speaking at the launch of KP Snacks’ community cricket pitch initiative, said. “It was something I wanted to play against him. Obviously he only played two Tests in the end but hopefully after working on it, it will be successful in the Hundred.”
Crawley is an unusual batsman in that his output gets better as the bowling he faces gets faster rather than slower. He said, “I know the statistics say so, but it’s never easy to face someone who bowls over 90 mph.” “Sometimes, when someone is bowling fast and you catch him, it goes further.”
He believes this is because the shorter reaction time gives him less time to think: “You’re just trying to react. I’m trying to keep it very simple at the moment, and Maybe that’s why fast bowling has suited me a little bit more in the past, because I don’t have to think as much. I just have to get better at 80 mph…”
As the Ashes fade into memory, Crawley says his life hasn’t changed: “I don’t feel any different. I’m just the guy who scored a few weeks ago; if I don’t score the Hundred, So I would be the guy who doesn’t get a hundred. It’s a very volatile world we live in, so I don’t get carried away too much.
“Obviously I think fondly of how cool it was to play in, but I don’t like to focus too much on whether [a series] Good or bad – I just move on to the next one. If it comes to my mind, I enjoy the memory of it, but my focus now is to do well in the Hundred.”