Michael Atherton states England havenothing to lose by picking Zak Crawley for his debut if Jos Buttler is dominated from the second Test against New Zealand during injury.
Buttler is a doubt for the match at Seddon Park, which after picking up a back injury from the fitness center England must win to level the series after dropping at Mount Maunganui.
the England captain says that he wouldnt be against giving a move to Crawley while Sky Sports Cricket pundit Atherton supposes England may opt to bring in experienced all-rounder Chris Woakes ought to Buttler fail a fitness test before the game.
England have got two choices, reflected Atherton. They can do a direct batsman in – and the only spare batsman in the squad will be Zak Crawley. That could be his introduction.
He is a 21-year-old opener from Kent; therefore that could mean that he batting out of position at likely either six or five. Somewhere down there.
Or they could bring in an extra all-rounder – someone like Chris Woakes. Its all a bit requirements dependant; it depends what the pitch is like.
I think they were already considering Woakes anyhow, possibly even to get a spinner, because they feel that finger spin is a bit inefficient on the horizontal pitches here.
They are looking to stiffen that bowling attack; they went for over 600 at the first Test and Archer went via 42 overs, thus a thick, heavy workload on him.
Woakes would supply experience. He he has great stamina.
If theres more at the pitch in Seddon Park, much more swing and more seam, he then definitely provides you that as well. I suspect that.
Id really like to see Crawley myself. Id be responsible for giving the likes of [Matt] Parkinson, [Saqib] Mahmood and Crawley a go in this game since it is a series and there are currently World Championship points at stake.
We have obtained a four-Test series coming up from South Africa, therefore why not – what have you got to lose by studying these players?
Buttler had only regained the gloves out of Jonny Bairstow for its series opener in Mount Maunganui, where he also scored 43 runs but managed a 22-ball duck in the next.
Atherton said his lack in the next Test – and also the character of his trauma – raises questions about his capacity.
It is not ideal because he has 1 game to his new job as Englands professional wicketkeeper so he does not play with along with Ollie Pope has to take the gloves, then it will be the third distinct wicketkeeper in 3 Tests.
Bairstow went home – he had been here for a little while and played at the T20s and stayed on for a brief time to pay Joe Denly but has gone back now – so it is Ollie Pope wholl have to do it.
He has only done it 5 times in 30-odd first-class games and I dont think he has done it because February at a first-class match. Ive been watching him tour and hes been doing plenty with Bruce French, whos the specialist wicketkeeping coach .
But clearly it is not an perfect alternative for England. The issue for Buttler is that if it is only a spasm that is bit, these items – because I know to my cost – return and go and a wicketkeeper is constantly down and up. He had been in the area for over 200 overs from Mount Maunganui and if the pitch is level here he would have another long stint again.
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