By India Today Sports Desk: England opener Zak Crawley bazballed his way to the fourth century in his career, helping England establish dominance on Day 2 of the fourth Ashes Test match at Manchester.
His aggressive century put England in a commanding position, dominating the Lunch session and setting the tone for the rest of the match. Crawley had his fair share of play and misses, en route his innings, but did not budge from his method, which has helped him see success after a tumultuous 2021/22 season with the national team.
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After the departure of Ben Duckett early in the England innings, Crawley stabilised the England innings with Moeen Ali. His performance was marked by a series of well-timed punches, drives, and cuts that left the Australian bowlers scrambling.
His century came off just 93 balls as he hit the Australian bowling out of attack on a sunny day at Manchester. Crawley’s aggressive approach and determination were evident throughout his innings, as he continued to pile on runs even after reaching the milestone. This is Crawley’s first century in the Ashes 2023. Earlier he had scored one half-century in the opening Test match at Birmingham.
Earlier in the day, Australia were bowled out for 317 runs in their first innings. Despite fifties from Mitchell Marsh and Marnus Labuschagne, the Australian side couldn’t withstand the English bowling attack. Unless for Mitchell Starc’s valuable 36 off 93 balls, Australia could have been bowled out much earlier on Day 1 of the 4th Test match. Chris Woakes and James Anderson took one wicket each in the morning session of Day 2, with Woakes finishing with a 5-wicket-haul.
As things stand, Australia are 2-1 ahead in the Ashes series. England have more on the line at the moment as they have to win the Test match in Manchester to keep the hopes of their series win alive.