Zak Crawley jokes England’s next target is to score ‘A THOUSAND’ and admits he’s ‘never seen a day like that’ after tourists smashed 506 against Pakistan in record-shattering first day in Rawalpindi
- England reached 506/4 by close thanks to four centuries from their top order
- Zak Crawley kickstarted England’s remarkable innings with show of intent
- Opening batsman joked that England’s next target would be to go for 1000 runs
- Brendon McCullum’s side became the highest scorers in opening day of a Test
- Also collected the record for the fastest Test team ever to 500 runs
Zak Crawley set England on the path to a record-breaking day of Test cricket, then suggested their next goal was to ‘get a big one and score a thousand’.
He immediately added that he was joking, but if the adrenaline was still pumping after England amassed 506 for four against Pakistan, then no one could blame him. No one was prepared to say he was talking nonsense, either.
‘I’ve never seen a day like that, said Crawley. ‘It’s a record for day one of a Test, so it was unbelievable.
Zak Crawley joked that England’s next target is to go on and ‘score a thousand’ in an innings
‘It was obviously a good wicket to bat on, but it’s more about entertaining the crowd than winning. Winning is great, but part of our goal is to make people want to watch Test cricket and hopefully that’s happening.’
Ollie Pope, the third of England’s four centurions, admitted that he and Harry Brook (the fourth) had drawn strength from Crawley’s punishing opening stand of 233 inside 36 overs with Ben Duckett (the second).
‘It started from the get-go, with 14 off the first over and that put them under pressure straightaway,’ Pope told Sky Sports. ‘They panicked a little bit, and it looked like there wasn’t anywhere they could bowl to those two. It’s an ideal start to the tour.’
England’s remarkable opening day was kickstarted by an astonishing 233-run stand between Crawley and Duckett
Brook, meanwhile, could also celebrate hitting the occasional left-arm spin of Saud Shakeel for six fours in an over – a first in Test cricket by an England player.
‘They were all bad balls,’ he said with a smile. ‘I just tried to put them away, really. I was probably happier with that than the hundred, to be honest.’
Duckett had been the only one of the quartet to be struck down with the virus that had swept through the England camp and threatened to delay the start of the Test.
Duckett had been the only one of the quartet to score centuries to be struck down by the virus
‘It all happened really fast,’ he said. ‘Towards the end of Tuesday night it just came on. I felt fine going to bed and I found out next morning that there was about 13 or 14 others.
‘It wasn’t the best build-up to a Test match and certainly not the best for me, in my first one back for six years.
‘But it would have taken a lot for me not to come to the ground and play, and Stokesy said: “Let’s get out there and let’s take them on.”’