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England’s Crawley faces ‘odd’ No 3 battle with Denly

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LONDON – England batsman Zak Crawley says it feels “slightly odd” to be vying with Kent team mate Joe Denly for the number three spot in the order for the upcoming series against West Indies. Crawley replaced an injured Rory Burns and opened with Dom Sibley in three test matches in South Africa earlier this year. With Burns set to reclaim his place after recovering from an ankle injury, Crawley finds himself pitted against Denly for the number three position. “It is probably slightly odd, if I’m honest,” Crawley told British media on Thursday from the team’s bio-secure bubble at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. “I get on really well with Joe and I wish him every success. “Ideally we’d both play, and we both play together for a long while. That said, he’s desperate to play for England as am I, and we’ll still be good friends whatever happens.” Crawley could also come in at number four in the first test from July 8 should captain Joe Root miss the match to attend the birth of his second child. “I’ve no preference,” said Crawley, who made his test debut in New Zealand in November last year.

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