Zak Crawley joins Hobart Hurricanes ahead of BBL 12
Zak Crawley in action [Source: Twitter]
In a significant development, Hobart Hurricanes have drafted England opener Zak Crawley into their squad for the upcoming season of the Big Bash League.
Crawley, who will be with the national team for a three-match Test series in Pakistan at the start of the BBL season, has been announced as the replacement for Shadab Khan, who will miss some matches in the second half of the tournament owing to national commitment.
In his reaction, the right-handed batter expressed his excitement to play in the lucrative league and expected a fruitful summer.
Here's what Crawley stated
"I'm really excited to take part in the Big Bash for the first time," Crawley said. "From afar, the Hurricanes seem to be awash with talent both in terms of the list they have built for on-field success, but also the quality list of support stuff they have on it. I'm looking forward to taking part in what I hope will be a very successful summer."
Although Crawley hasn't played a single BBL game, he showcased his stroke-playing skills on Australian soil to perfection during the Ashes last year. His most notable inning was a breathtaking 100-ball 77 that helped the Englishmen draw the fourth Test in Sydney.
Despite not playing a single T20I, the 24-year-old has recorded decent numbers in domestic T20s, hammering 1284 runs at an average of 29.86 and a strike rate of 145.08.
Hobart Hurricanes BBL 12 squad
Asif Ali (Pakistan), Faheem Ashraf (Pakistan), Zak Crawley (England) Tim David, Paddy Dooley, Nathan Ellis, Caleb Jewell, Shadab Khan (Pakistan), Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Mitch Owen, Joel Paris, Wil Parker, D'Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Chris Tremain, Matthew Wade, Mac Wright
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