England Cricket Players Ratings: Zak Crawley’s Misery Continues But Ollie Pope Is A Spirited Lord Test Lead | cricket news

Zak Crawley battles again as England fall to first Test loss of the summer; Ollie Pope, Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes make their mark before South Africa take a 1-0 lead in a three-game series. watch the second test on Sky Sports from Thursday (10am on air, 11am start)

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Highlights from day three of the first Test as South Africa beat England by one innings and 12 runs

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Highlights from day three of the first Test as South Africa beat England by one innings and 12 runs

Highlights from day three of the first Test as South Africa beat England by one innings and 12 runs

Fans who were trying to get to and from Lord’s on Saturday amid train strikes didn’t have to worry in the end.

The first LV= Insurance Test ended before tea on day three as South Africa crushed England by just 149 to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series and inflict the first defeat of the summer on the Ben Stokes hosts.

So who fought for England and who were the shining lights?

England vs South Africa

August 25, 2022, 10:00 a.m.

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Zak Crawley – 3

9 and 13

Wondering how much longer Crawley will be part of our post-Test player rankings because if his poor run continues then surely England must make a change at some point? “We’re not necessarily looking for consistency with Zak. It’s about winning games and doing special things,” was England assistant coach Paul Collingwood’s opinion when asked about Crawley after a rainy first day at Lord’s.

Zak Crawley's miserable summer continued when he was sacked for 13 on the third day at Lord's

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Zak Crawley’s miserable summer continued when he was sacked for 13 on the third day at Lord’s

Zak Crawley’s miserable summer continued when he was sacked for 13 on the third day at Lord’s

The problem is that those “special things” have not arrived this summer. Crawley is averaging 16.40 over 10 innings with six single-figure scores and a max of 46. Technically and mentally, he looks drained. Sky Sports’ Mark Butcher said England’s constant backing of Crawley is becoming “unkind” to a player who could perhaps do with being taken out of the line of fire, while it could also be argued that keeping him in the place would be cruel to other county players who have scored runs this season. If they can’t get in now, when can they?

Alex Lees – 5

5 and 35

Lees has been emboldened by the aggressive revolution of Stokes and Brendon McCullum – just ‘don’t call him Bazball’ – with the timid player we saw in the West Indies in March replaced by a more fluid batsman. The southpaw was perhaps a bit too exuberant in the opening innings at Lord’s, sliding Kagiso Rabada back to drop in five, but he played more conventionally in the second after dropping in four on the sliding cordon, reaching 35 before that he became one of three victims of South African sprinter Anrich Nortje during a vicious post-lunch spell. A really big score continues to elude Lees – his highest total in 16 Test innings so far is 67 – but he’s shown enough to persevere for now. The big question is whether he will soon have a new man next to him at the top.

South Africa fast bowler Anrich Nortje took three wickets in 10 balls on Friday, firing Jonny Bairstow, Alex Lees and Ben Foakes.

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South Africa fast bowler Anrich Nortje took three wickets in 10 balls on Friday, firing Jonny Bairstow, Alex Lees and Ben Foakes.

South Africa fast bowler Anrich Nortje took three wickets in 10 balls on Friday, firing Jonny Bairstow, Alex Lees and Ben Foakes.

ollie daddy – 7

73 and 5

Most of England’s decisions so far this summer have paid off, and Pope’s elevation to No. 3 is certainly one of them. The Surrey man batted 145 and then 82 against New Zealand in June, before showing England’s batting bright light at Lord’s this week with 73 in the first innings when no other player topped 20. Pope was busy and proactive but not reckless as he plowed while South African sailors tore their mates apart under a leaden sky. He looks increasingly at home in the first drop, a position he had never hit before before this summer, with his second-inning lbw layoff to Proteas spinner Keshav Maharaj a rare issue.

Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow – 3

Root – 8 and 6
Bairstow – 0 and 18

Root had a rare game at Lord’s, making just a combined 14 runs after two starts in single figures, only the second time since January 2019 that he has failed to make double figures in a Test. Root fell victim to a tight lbw call in the early innings after scratcher Marco Jansen pinned him on the bag, before tackling Lungi Ngidi meekly to slide in the second. For Bairstow, after a four-ton run in his last five Tests – a period Butcher described as “batting nirvana” – came down to earth as the wanton Nortje hit his stumps for the first time at Lord’s and then found his lead with a scorching delivery in the second. The recent returns of Root and Bairstow mean there is nothing to worry about, with the duo perhaps hampered by the fact that they had not faced a red ball since guiding England to victory over India at Edgbaston in July, but let’s not get into that calendar debate again…

Ben Stokes's brilliant gorilla represented South Africa starter Sarel Erwee in the first Test

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Ben Stokes’s brilliant gorilla represented South Africa starter Sarel Erwee in the first Test

Ben Stokes’s brilliant gorilla represented South Africa starter Sarel Erwee in the first Test

Ben Stokes – 6

20 and 20
3-71 from 18 overs

The skipper was largely calm with the bat, save for a few brilliant strikes in the early innings, and it was his bowling that threatened to drag England back into a match in which they were second-best all the way. Stokes played a crucial role in a 4-50 South African wobble, dismissing Sarel Erwee with a brutal keeper and then pinning Rassie van der Dussen lbw, only for Jansen and Maharaj to rally the Proteas with the bat. As for Stokes’ captaincy, maybe he slipped too many times at times, maybe he could have given James Anderson and Stuart Broad the new ball on day three and not gotten him and Matthew Potts to shoot short balls at the South African tail, but the crux of England’s defeat was that the batsmen lasted less than 83 overs. You don’t win many games doing that.

Ben Foakes – 4

0 and 6
3 captures

It probably goes without saying that Foakes’ glove work was slick, it’s rarely anything more than that. His problem in this Test was Nortje. Twice she was nobbled by the blisteringly fast South Africa, taking an inside edge over her stumps for six on Wednesday and then cutting a duck on Friday after a meek hit. Still, this was Foakes’ first start since late July and his first in Test cricket since June, as he missed out on victory over India while he was recovering from Covid-19. England will be hoping Foakes will be better at the gallop when they arrive at Emirates Old Trafford for the second Test next week.

Stuart Broad makes an impressive catch to see off Kagiso Rabada in the opening of day three at Lord's

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Stuart Broad makes an impressive catch to see off Kagiso Rabada in the opening of day three at Lord’s

Stuart Broad makes an impressive catch to see off Kagiso Rabada in the opening of day three at Lord’s

Broad Stuart – 7

3-71 of 19.1 overs
15 and 35

Broad is never boring – he is a pure box office cricketer! This week alone, he earned his 100th Test wicket at Lord’s; he produced a rather remarkable one-handed catch in the middle of the wicket to see off Rabada, and he played a freewheeling cameo with the bat on the third and final day with his 29 of 35 deliveries with five fours and a top-edge six. With the ball was not Broad vintage. He, like the rest of England’s pace attack, looked a bit rusty, but he claimed South Africa’s last two wickets after making Kyle Verreynne the historic scalp of his at cricket HQ.

Matthew Potts – 5.5

2-79 from 20 overs

Potts has been the find of the summer for England, but this test was more difficult for him. The Durham man was a bit pricey early in the South African innings, drifting out of bounds when he erred too full or short, though he improved and managed to get Keegan Petersen caught before having Broad to thank for Rabada’s wicket. . . With Ollie Robinson back in form and fitness, Potts would seem the most likely man to break through if England opted to play with the attacking pace in Manchester.

James Anderson took his first Test wicket since turning 40 in fortuitous fashion, with Dean Elgar knocking down the thigh and elbow guard!

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James Anderson took his first Test wicket since turning 40 in fortuitous fashion, with Dean Elgar knocking down the thigh and elbow guard!

James Anderson took his first Test wicket since turning 40 in fortuitous fashion, with Dean Elgar knocking down the thigh and elbow guard!

James Anderson – 6.5

1-51 from 18 onwards

Like Broad, Anderson wasn’t at his best, but he still deserved more than the only wicket he got in the match. That scalp was fortuitous with South Africa captain Dean Elgar hit in the thigh and elbow guard, and also one to improve the stats as Anderson became England’s first front-line welder over forty years to take a wicket in Test cricket since Leslie Jackson in 1961. Anderson didn’t try too hard with the bat himself, out lbw for a golden duck to Rabada in the first inning and then cleared by Jansen for one in the second when South Africa secured a landslide victory. The good news for Anderson is that he now has a couple of extra days off!

Leaching Jack – 6.5

1-42

In a game dominated by seam bowlers, mainly South Africans obviously, Leach impressed with his left-arm spin, taking the wicket from Aiden Markram with a one-delivery peach for a tidy 14 overs. The Somerset man appears to be reborn from the player who toiled on The Ashes, with Captain Stokes’ faith giving the bowler a real boost in confidence. Due to England’s batting woes, we’ll never know how effective Leach might have been on days four and five at Lord’s, but he’ll be looking forward to the Old Trafford test with the often decent pitch at Manchester for spinners.

Watch the first day of the second LV= Insurance Test between England and South Africa, from Emirates Old Trafford, live on Sky Sports The Hundred from Thursday. Preparation begins at 10 a.m. before the first dance at 11 a.m.

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