England’s Buttler expects double ton Crawley to serve up ‘special career’

Jos Buttler is convinced Zak Crawley’s double century against Pakistan will be the curtain-raiser “to a very special career” after sharing a huge stand with his England team-mate during the third Test at Southampton on Saturday.

Crawley converted an overnight 171 not out, his maiden Test century, into an innings of 267.

Together with Buttler, whose 152 was just his second hundred at this level, he put on 359 — an England record for the fifth wicket — as the hosts piled up a mammoth 583-8 declared in their first innings on the second day at the Ageas Bowl.

And there was still time for England, eyeing a first series victory over Pakistan in a decade at 1-0 up in a three-Test campaign, to strengthen their grip still further, with veteran paceman James Anderson reducing Pakistan to 24-3 at stumps.

At the age of just 22, Crawley has now posted

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