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England’s first batsman, Zak Crawley, says that a tied series with Australia would be ‘fair’

The 25-year-old hit 189 runs in the fourth Test, which was ruined by weather, and Australia kept the Ashes.

Before the fifth Test at The Oval, Australia was ahead in the series 2-1.

“Two-two would be fair,” said Crawley. “They beat us at Lord’s, Edgbaston could have gone either way, we probably deserved this one, and Headingley could have gone either way.”

England couldn’t get a win at Old Trafford because it rained for most of two days.

After the home team quickly scored 592 runs, Australia was still 61 runs behind in their second game, with 214-5.

Australia won the first Test at Edgbaston by two wickets and the second Test at Lord’s by 43 runs. England then came back and won the third Test at Headingley by three wickets.

After the game at Old Trafford was canceled because of rain, Crawley said, “We’re disappointed. We played a lot of good cricket in this game.”

“We wanted to win and we were in a good place to win, but two days of rain made it impossible for us to win. But it’s like that.

“We’ll keep playing the same way because we know we can get a high score. The beauty of a five-Test series is that you can look at them and figure out strategies and details.

“I’ve never played in a five-match series before this one.”

Crawley helped England’s chances of winning in Manchester by hitting 21 fours and three sixes on his way to 189 runs in just 182 balls.

Even though he was criticized before the series, the Kent right-hander has averaged 55 against Australia this summer.”I think I’m the best player I’ve ever been,” Crawley said. “I feel good about my game, and I’m happy with how I’m playing. I just need to keep getting better.

“Now that I have a little more experience and things to fall back on in different situations, I feel like I can really get going.”


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