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Crawley scores half-century on England return

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Zak Crawley marked his return to the England team with a half-century against India in the third Test.Crawley missed the first two Test matches of the series after injuring his wrist when he slipped on a marble floor outside the dressing room.Kent’s Zak Crawley – scored a half-century for England against India. Picture: Ady KerryThe 23-year-old Kent batsman opened the innings in Ahmedabad alongside Dom Sibley after England captain Joe Root won the toss.Crawley looked comfortable at the crease as he produced his most fluent innings for his country on his way to a fourth half-century in his 11th Test match.Sibley and Jonny Bairstow both went for ducks but Crawley raced to his half-century, showing good timing and balance with 10 fours in his 68-ball knock.

But Crawley had only advanced his score to 53 from 84 balls by the time he missed a straight one from left-arm spinner Axar Patel, expecting the ball to turn, and was trapped leg before just before lunch.Crawley opted not to review the decision, with that proving the correct move as DRS showed that it would have been umpire’s call.It was Crawley’s first half-century for England since his magnificent double hundred last summer when he scored 267 against Pakistan in Southampton.Bell-Drummond joins Birmingham PhoenixIPL-bound Billings to miss start of seasonRead more: All the latest sports news in KentAll Kent SportCanterbury SportKent Cricket KentOnline reporter