Zak Crawley filled with energy as he looks to raise his game for England

Following a modest start to his county campaign, Zak Crawley is looking to raise his level as he begins work with new England Test coach Brandon McCullum.

Even though bat has dominated ball for most of the LV=Insurance County Championship season, Crawley has found big scores hard to come by during his outings for Kent.  

The player has improved with scores of 62 and 84 against Northamptonshire last week, and he'll be hoping for more when he joins-up with the rest of the England squad.

Brandon McCullum's side are preparing for June's three-match Test series against New Zealand, with Crawley set to open the batting in the opening fixture at Lords.

The 24-year-old averages 30.20 in 10 innings this year, and 28.60 after 21 Test for England.

Crawley revealed he is enthused about the upcoming clash with New Zealand, saying: "It's always nice being picked for England and I can't wait to get going with them. It fills me with a lot of energy and maybe that's why I got a couple of runs this week.

"I've been disappointed that I haven't been able to help Kent as much as I'd have wanted to this year but everyone knows Test cricket is the pinnacle and if I can get a hundred in the next couple of weeks, that might put the last few weeks right.

"I'm excited about Brendon McCullum coming in. I loved watching him play and I'm sure I'm going to love working with him as a coach. I think he might suit me actually, he's quite a positive coach so I look forward to seeing if that is the case.

"He's obviously a great character in the sport and I'm looking forward to it. If I time my form well and I score runs in Test cricket, that will mean an awful lot to me."

The opening Test takes place on June 2, and will be followed by games at Trent Bridge and Headingley later in the month.

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