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Crawley emerging as a consistent opener in the Test
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Crawley emerging as a consistent opener in the Test

There is no doubt that Zak Crawley has grown into a Test opener over the past six months, rewarding the patience of Stokes and McCullum and living up to the promise of many of the high-profile former players who picked him out of the rubble of the last Ashes tour as a prospect for the future.

When he scored 77 in Sydney, Ricky Ponting noted that he displayed the mettle, fight, and intent of genuine batting talent, giving a glimpse of Bazball aggression before McCullum came along. Crawley's good form from the Ashes has continued, with two fifties in Vizag and an average of 53 at a strike rate of 85 since the start of last summer.

His success can be attributed to his improved defence and judgement, making him a vital wicket for the opposition. Although a big hundred seems within reach in India, he must capitalise on his starts.

Rehan Ahmed is the potential first-choice spinner for England, which is a significant advantage with the Ashes in mind. Touring finger spinners are seldom successful in Australia, as evidenced by Graeme Swann's average of just under 40 during England's 3-1 victory in 2010-11. Ahmed's wrist spin and batting skills offer a more comprehensive package than Jack Leach in Australia, provided he continues to develop.

Another Ashes tour cannot be ruled out for James Anderson. Anderson's resurgence in the second Test proved that his struggles were due to fitness and form against Australia, rather than a sign of retirement. The Test specialists have a well-managed diary now. the six-month break at the end of December until the 2025 summer. With a six-month break at the end of December until the 2025 summer, it is uncertain whether  Anderson will be on the next Ashes tour at the age of 43. However, it is clear that this team is still a force to be reckoned with.

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