Zak Crawley, whose weakness against spinners is well documented, has stated that he still backs his game against the spinners and is confident of doing well against India if given a chance in Ahmedabad.
Since Zak Crawley made his debut in Test cricket, it has solved one of the most important issues plaguing the side, with Joe Root now being comfortable at No.4 instead of shuttling positions time and again.
Crawley provided strong support to the openers and Root in England and South Africa and was stoked for a debut in Chennai when an injury ruled him out. When asked about his game against spin, which is still not full proof with the highest score of 13 against spinners in an innings, Crawley stated that he is confident about it and ready to improve in tough situations.
“It’s important not to change too much and I still back my game against spin. It’s still a great learning curve for me that I need to be a bit sharper and work on a few things, doing things that I do best. There’s room for improvement which is always positive,” Crawley said in a press conference.
“I’m not going to let a few dismissals change the way I play. I had a couple of good balls, I hit one rash shot. Well, I don’t think it was a rash shot, I just mis-executed one shot. So for me, there is no problem, I’m just going to continue playing the way I play.
“Axar Patel is a top-quality performer so I’m going to give him the respect he deserves. It’s not a problem in my eyes, I’m just going to try to improve the way I play.”
Crawley wants things to be simple
With so much talk about the pitch and how he would adapt his game after failures in Sri Lanka, the Kent player stated that he doesn’t want to complicate things and be in the present.
“I’ve watched quite a few of the top players in our group,” he said. “The top players keep it simple, that’s what I’m going to try to do. I’m not going to over-complicate anything. Like I said before, a couple of dismissals aren’t going to change the way I play too much. I’m just going to try to get better at the things I do.
“In Sri Lanka with the new ball, one went straight on, one spun. A couple spun and caught the edge, I didn’t think there was much I could have done about those. And I mis-executed one shot and that was the way it went for me. I’ll stick with what has got me here and try to get better at that.
“In this environment [of] Test cricket, there’s a lot of scrutinies and it’s very easy to change quickly. But I’ve played a game that’s got me here so far, and a couple of Test matches in Sri Lanka aren’t going to change that.
“If down the line it continued to be a problem, then that’s something to look at that. There’s obviously been a bit of talk about the way Embuldeniya got a few wickets early in Sri Lanka.
“But I think for me it’s all about sticking with what I know, and my opinion and people’s opinion who’ve been around me this whole time. For now, I think it’s about playing my game.”