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  Sunday, 28 July, 2002, 18:19 GMT 19:19 UK
'Creepy' at his peak
Crawley raises his bat after reaching three figures
Crawley raises his bat after reaching three figures

John Crawley had spent nearly three years in the international wilderness before returning to the England fold for the summer's first Test match, against Sri Lanka.

Having put his problems with the hierarchy at his county Lancashire behind him, with the move down south to Hampshire, he was quick to regain form as one would expect from a batsman of his class.

With scores of 31 and 41 not out against Sri Lanka in the first Test he had indicated that he was ready to play his part in the England middle order.

He is, however, a batsman of sufficient calibre to be equally effective in the top order.


On the domestic scene he has continued to pile on the runs, averaging 68, which has resulted in England calling again for his services against India as a replacement for Marcus Trescothick, the victim of a fractured thumb.

Crawley and Jones: Two astute selections
Crawley and Jones: Two astute selections

Former Somerset and South Africa Test batsman, Jimmy Cook, now a coach at Hampshire, has been most impressed with the 30-year-old Crawley in his role of senior batsman at the county.

He says: "As a batsman you improve with age and, from 27 onwards, you begin to understand your game and become a little more consistent.

"I would think John is at his peak now and will be for the next two or three years. He is what I call a professional batsman."

Crawley's response to the selectors' call has been more than impressive.

When England's first innings had been faltering on Thursday afternoon, he had the task of rebuilding it and he did so superbly in a fortifying partnership of 145 with his captain, Nasser Hussain.

His contribution was 64 and he saw England to a vastly improved position on 223 for 4 from their earlier struggle on 78 for 3 when he came to the crease.

As if he had not done enough already to justify his inclusion in the side, he top scored with an unbeaten fourth Test century in the second innings, a most attractive knock lasting just more than three hours.

When he reached his ton, he looked up to the skies and paid tribute to his late mother, Jean.

For Mum

Afterwards, he said: "It's a year ago to the day that my Mum died. My Dad was watching today and it meant quite a lot to me.

An unassuming character who nevertheless shows real confidence out in the middle these days, Crawley added: "Today it's gone pretty well.

"We were just getting as many runs as we could as quickly as we could. There was always going to be a declaration coming and I had 15 minutes to get 15 runs so it was pretty good."


England: N Hussain (capt), MA Butcher, MP Vaughan, GP Thorpe, JP Crawley, AJ Stewart (wkt), A Flintoff, C White, AF Giles, MJ Hoggard, SP Jones.

India: Wasim Jaffer, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly (capt), VVS Laxman, Ajay Ratra (wkt), Ajit Agarkar, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Anil Kumble.

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