Crawley excited for West Indies tour

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England batter Zak Crawley says he and his team-mates are keen to “bounce back” from their horror Ashes trouncing by Australia as they travel to the West Indies for a three-Test series next month.

It was an awful winter for England (3/1 – to win 2023 World Cup) Down Under as Australia (4/1) romped home to a 4-0 series win and held on to the little urn in the process.

All areas of the team were heavily scrutinised after the tour ended and they now travel to the Caribbean with a new-look line-up.

Head coach Chris Silverwood, his assistant Graham Thorpe and director of cricket Ashley Giles all left their roles, with former England and Durham all-rounder Paul Collingwood taking charge on an interim basis.

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Joe Root has retained the captaincy despite calls from certain quarters to relieve him of those duties, but there has also been a big change in terms of playing staff, with eight players from the Ashes squad dropped.

James Anderson and Stuart Broad – England’s two highest Test wicket-takers of all time – were the most notable casualties.

Crawley has kept his place despite being one of many to underperform in recent times and says the squad are desperate to prove people wrong and put on a good showing.

He said: “It’s pretty easy (to put it behind you). We know what when wrong, we’ve analysed what we did wrong and we’re looking to move forwards now. That’s what I personally feel anyway.

“I learnt a lot in that series, as I think we all did. I think you learn a lot in general from losing actually and it gives you a chance to bounce back strongly. I think we will during this series and in the coming year.”

The first Test begins on Tuesday 8th March at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.

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