West Indies v England: Zak Crawley’s grip looks like he is squeezing the life out of the bat handle – What We Know!


England’s first Take a look at in opposition to West Indies seems headed for a draw after Zak Crawley hit a century on a rain-affected day 4 in Antigua.

The opener – together with captain Joe Root – eased the vacationers’ nerves after shedding Alex Lees earlier than the pair placed on a partnership of 193 earlier than stumps was ultimately known as.

Sportsmail‘s DAVID Lloyd gives his views and insights on a stop-star penultimate day on the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

England’s Take a look at vs West Indies seems to be headed for a draw after Zak Crawley hit a century

The place are Windies followers?

There has solely been a sparse following for West Indies which is gloomy whenever you assume again to the glory days of Chickie’s Disco throughout Exams in Antigua. 

Chickie Baptiste, who went to high school with Sir Viv Richards, used to get the place shaking with tunes from his audio system. The ambiance was full on!

High order delivers

This match has jogged my memory of a state of affairs if you find yourself bidding ‘weak’ in a recreation of bridge. 

England had completed OK after three days, however they have been weak in innings three. 

It required the new-look high order to get their batting heads on, as a result of Exams like this one might be received or misplaced in a session.

West Indies' sparse following is sad when you think back to the glory days of Chickie's Disco

West Indies’ sparse following is gloomy whenever you assume again to the glory days of Chickie’s Disco

Roach all the time a category act

A mate of mine, Andy Payne, now companies supervisor at Royal Westmoreland Golf Membership in Barbados, advised me years in the past {that a} native lad known as Kemar Roach would open the bowling for West Indies. 

I went to see Roach and agreed. He’s closing in on 250 Take a look at wickets now and can quickly surpass Michael Holding’s 249.

Crawley’s curious grip

Zak Crawley goes to be an excellent participant for England. He’s commanding on the crease and a pure scorer. 

However it’s unusual that he has such a strangled grip. It seems to be like he’s squeezing the life out of the bat deal with. 

What makes it more bizarre is that he’s a really completed golfer and golfers have a tendency to carry the membership loosely.

What makes Zak Crawley's strangled grip more strange is that he is a very accomplished golfer

What makes Zak Crawley’s strangled grip more bizarre is that he’s a really completed golfer

Mahmood can seize second

Will probably be a shock if we see Mark Wooden once more on this sequence. It’s a terrific disgrace as a result of England have three 90mph bowlers in Wooden, Jofra Archer and Olly Stone and now they’re all injured. 

However this may give a possibility to Saqib Mahmood — England’s quickest bowler on the tour. The truth is, I might have performed Mahmood on this recreation.

Prior is throughout it

Matt Prior, working as a talkSPORT pundit, reacted to social media’s dismay at Craig Overton bowling 78-80 miles per hour by telling it straight. 

In keeping with Prior, there was no query of him bowling any faster as that is what he does. 

Prior identified his wonderful returns in county cricket however this isn’t the sort of county pitch you get within the spring.

Mark Wood's injury will give a chance to Saqib Mahmood (R) England's quickest bowler on tour

Mark Wooden’s damage will give an opportunity to Saqib Mahmood (R) England’s quickest bowler on tour