sky sports cricket Nasser Hussain has urged England to go out and be “super-aggressive” on the third day of the fourth Ashes Test in Manchester ahead of a forecast of inclement weather later this week.
Jack Crawley’s sensational 182-ball 189 powered England to 384-4 and a lead of 67 on the second day at the Emirates Old Trafford.
After bowling Australia out for 317 and eyeing some gloomy weather forecast for the weekend, Crawley led from the front, hitting 12 fours and a six, completing a remarkable maiden Ashes century in just 93 balls.
But Hussain has urged the rest of England’s batting line-up Harry Brook, captain Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood to come out on the attack on Friday and give England their best chance of success in the Test. To survive they must win. .Australia retained the Ashes.
“I think he did [England] Really have to be very aggressive,” Hussain said on Thursday.
“Either way – if they get out, the game’s moved on. You don’t want to leave Sunday night thinking: ‘I wish we’d just given ourselves half an hour more.’
What to watch on Sky Sports this week?
151st Open – 20 to 23 July – Live on Sky Sports Golf
4th Men’s Ashes Test – 19 to 23 July – Live on Sky Sports Cricket
premier league summer series – From 23 July – Live on Sky Sports Premier League
Hungarian Grand Prix – 21 to 23 July – Live on Sky Sports F1
F1 Juniors: Hungarian GP – 23 July – Live on Sky Sports Mix
world matchplay darts – 17 to 23 July – Live on Sky Sports Action
Women’s World Matchplay Darts – 22 to 23 July – Live on Sky Sports Action
IBF Lightweight Title Eliminator – 23 July – Live on Sky Sports Action
“And if they don’t get out, you can imagine they’ll go for seven or eight runs an over, and then their lead will be huge, whatever the season for them.
“Prediction is bad. Everyone will say: ‘Why do you keep thinking about forecasting?’ But it’s bad. Really bad for a Saturday, not so good for a Sunday.
“If you have a ticket [Friday] Get there at 11 in the morning, because Stokes, Brooke, Bairstow, Woakes, Wood, go and have some fun, get the lead up to 200, and then start bowling. You want 20 wickets, bowl.”
sky game Michael Atherton added sky sports cricket podcast: “First of all [if I’m England], I’m getting the best possible, latest forecast for Friday morning. Come to the field on Friday, and try to find out what is the most accurate forecast.
“It looks like we’ll probably lose most of Saturday. But we might get most of Friday and most of Sunday, in which case you play the way they’re playing now. Carry on with your work and build on that edge.” Try to make it till maybe lunch time, and then you’ve got to bring Australia in, because you need those 10 wickets.
“And you’re not so worried about batting in the end and chasing because they don’t have a specialist spinner and it looks a very nice pitch.”
sky game Kumar Sangakkara said, “Once you get close to 200 in terms of leads, you have to make a decision. You bring Australia in, but it all depends on the weather.”
“If it rains on Saturday, if it rains on Friday, and Sunday becomes a day off, Australia will be back by lunch [on Friday],
Crowley: I’m good enough for this level
Crowley said sky sports cricket: “At times I’ve been down on my luck – okay, at times – but I’ve had a lot of good shots along the way. I doubt myself but I’ve got to be who I am, keep backing my game.
“If I’m taking a punt I’ll have low scoring streaks, but if I try and be more consistent I won’t have days like that. [Thursday],
“I’ve tried to be consistent and it hasn’t worked for me. That’s the way I want to do it. I think I’ve done my best and shown that I’m good enough for this level.”
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting said: “Crawley’s ball-striking was excellent. I think a lot of people in English cricket know what he is capable of.”
“Yes, it’s probably gone down a bit here and there, but Stokes wants to pick guys who have special things and what Crawley has built here is very special.”
Hussain said, “Crowley has had a lot of critics but England have stuck with him because they know he can play this kind of innings. They want someone to put good bowlers under pressure and he did that.”
watch live on day 3 sky sports cricket on Friday. The build-up starts at 10.15 am with the first ball at 11 am. Stream The Ashes and more now for £21 a month,