John Crawley

Country: England
Born: September 21, 1971, Maldon, Essex
Height: 6ft 2in
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium
Playing role: Top order Batter

John Crawley Bio

John Paul Crawley, born on September 1, 1971, in Liverpool, England, is a former professional cricketer who represented England at both Test and One Day International (ODI) levels. Known for his elegant batting style and ability to dominate bowling attacks, Crawley’s career was plagued by inconsistency and struggles in certain aspects of his game.

Crawley’s cricketing journey began as a promising youngster, as he emerged as the leading run-scorer for the England Under-19s in youth Tests. His remarkable achievements in youth cricket included becoming the first player to surpass 1,000 runs. These accomplishments propelled him into the spotlight and paved the way for his Test debut against South Africa in 1994.

Unfortunately, Crawley’s first Test appearance at Lord’s was marred by his inability to adapt to the notorious slope of the ground. This vulnerability, combined with accusations of unawareness about his off stump, often left him on the fringes of the England side. Despite these setbacks, Crawley showcased occasional brilliance during his international career.

In 1996, Crawley notched consecutive centuries against Pakistan, displaying effortless strokeplay and a clinical technique against spinners. One of his standout performances came in the 1998 Oval Test against Sri Lanka, where he fearlessly scored an unbeaten 156 runs against the renowned off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan.

While Crawley’s strength lay in his proficiency on the leg side and his prowess against spin bowling, he diligently worked on improving his off-side game as well. Alongside technical development, Crawley also focused on enhancing his fitness, shedding the weight that had burdened him during his earlier years.

After experiencing a bitter legal dispute with Lancashire, Crawley sought a fresh start and joined Hampshire in 2002. The change in environment rejuvenated him, leading to his recall to the England squad after a three-year hiatus. He made an impactful return, recording a century against India at Lord’s.

However, Crawley’s third tour of Australia was plagued by injuries, hindering his ability to establish consistent form. Nevertheless, he remained a reliable performer in county cricket throughout his career. His utmost professional dedication was exemplified by a staggering achievement in 2005 when he registered his highest first-class score of 311 runs against Nottinghamshire.

In 2009, Crawley decided to hang up his boots, marking the end of his illustrious cricketing career. Following retirement, he ventured into the world of education, taking up a public relations and cricket coaching role at Marlborough College. He later transitioned to become the head of cricket at Magdalen College School in Oxford.

John Crawley’s contributions to English cricket were undoubtedly significant, even if his career was filled with peaks and valleys. His elegant playing style and ability to dominate bowling attacks will forever be cherished, and his perseverance and dedication serve as an inspiration to aspiring cricketers.

John Crawley Career Stats

John Crawley Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 37 61 9 1800 156* 34.61 4589 39.22 4 9 187 3 29 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 13 12 1 235 73 21.36 408 57.59 0 2 14 1 1 1
FC 351 584 60 24361 311* 46.49 - - 54 133 - - 222 1
List A 308 295 23 8681 114 31.91 - - 8 55 - - 97 4
T20s 10 10 1 107 23 11.88 146 73.28 0 0 9 0 3 0

John Crawley Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 37 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 13 - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 351 - 215 283 2 1/7 - 141.5 7.89 107.5 - 0 0
List A 308 - 6 4 0 - - - 4 - 0 0 0
T20s 10 - - - - - - - - - - - -

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