Zak Crawley scored 103 from 137 balls on the first day of England’s tour match against a New Zealand XI on Monday.
The Kent County Cricket Club player was standing in for the injured Joe Denly, but certainly made a good impression on the new head coach, Chris Silverwood.
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— Kent Cricket (@KentCricket) November 12, 2019
Joe Denly is still recovering from an ankle injury that he suffered earlier this month meaning the 21-year-old Crawley could make his Test debut.
BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew said: “He (Crawley) seems unlikely to feature next week but his century at least raises the possibility that, if Denly fails his fitness test it will be Crawley, rather than Jonny Bairstow, who replaces him in the first Test.”
A ? in his first senior innings for @englandcricket.
— Test Match Special (@bbctms) November 12, 2019
It took Crawley 16 balls to get off the mark but the 6ft 5in right-hander eventually got his first century for England, with Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow watching on.
England’s first Test against New Zealand starts on November 21.