Zak Crawley recently said that the England players are keen to implement their new attacking approach in next year’s tours of India. Crawley backed the current generation of players to play spin equally well if the wicket is conducive to spin. The English players will play five Tests in January 2024 as they aim to secure a win on Indian soil since 2012. This will be the first Test series in India after Ben Stokes took over as captain and McCullum as coach England.
Crawley, who played two Tests in India during the 2021 tour, commented that India’s grounds were inconsistent when it came to wickets. However, the Kent batsman suggested they were ready this time, come what may.
“I don’t really know much about their grounds. Sometimes in India, it seams and swings a bit – and they’ve got unbelievable seamers – so hopefully there are a couple of pitches there that are like that as well, that will suit us a bit more. But if it’s spinning, I feel like we play spin really well as well. We’ll just have to adapt, see what we get. But they are pretty unknown grounds – I don’t know if they’re going to be raggers like Ahmedabad and Chennai, where we were last time.”
After playing four Test in 2021, the British suffered a disappointing 3-1 defeat. There were key players like Ravichandran Ashwin and Akshar Patel who took 32 wickets in four matches and 20 wickets in 3 matches respectively.
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Zak Crawley further commented that unlike before he is now determined to remain completely positive while batting.
“I’ve never really paid much attention to that. All I care about is what the coach thinks… as long as he keeps backing me, then that’s the only opinion I care about. I’ve narrowed my stance slightly, got my head slightly [further] forward. I haven’t quite committed to that in the past; I’m fully committed to that at the moment.”
The Kent batting was the highest run-getter for England in the 2023 Ashes with 480 runs in 10 innings.