Crawley advocates ‘aggressive’ white-ball captaincy for England ODIs

Wednesday 20th September 2023


Crawley advocates ‘aggressive’ white-ball captaincy for England ODIs

Kent opener Zak Crawley has set his plans for England captaincy with the similar front-foot approach that the side are now renowned for, ahead of the Metro Bank ODI Series against Ireland.

This will be the first time a male Kent player has captained England since James Tredwell skippered England Men’s IT20 side against New Zealand back in 2013.

In one-day international cricket, Crawley is the the third Kent man to captain the Three Lions – Mike Denness, who was surpassed by Crawley this Summer as Kent Men’s highest Ashes scorer for England, captained England Men’s one-day side on 12 occasions, with wicketkeeper-batter Alan Knott skippering England in an ODI against West Indies in 1976.

“If I can get runs and field well, that will help my captaincy a lot. That’s definitely on my mind,” the Bromley-born right hander said, speaking to BBC Sport ahead of the three-match series.

He is one of 22 male Kent cricketers to have played one-day cricket for England, in a list that includes the likes of Colin Cowdrey, Derek Underwood, Mark Ealham, Dean Headley, Rob Key, Joe Denly & Sam Billings.

Last week, the Club announced an extension to the opener’s contract with the county.

“We all know how this England white-ball team has played over the past eight years.

“We know how to get into the main team, it’s by being aggressive, showing people what skill and quality you have. That’s what we should all try to do this week.”

England face Ireland in three one-day matches beginning on Wednesday 20 September at Headingley. This will be Crawley’s fourth ODI appearance after three matches in England’s one-day colours back in 2021, where he scored a match-winning 58 not out on debut against Pakistan at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.

England Men v Ireland – Metro Bank One-Day Series schedule:

  • 1st Metro Bank ODI: Headingley, Leeds – 20 September
  • 2nd Metro Bank ODI: Trent Bridge, Nottingham – 23 September
  • 3rd Metro Bank ODI: Seat Unique Stadium, Bristol – 26 September

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