Nasser Hussain has criticised England Test coach Brendon McCullum for giving under-fire opener Zak Crawley an easy getaway by claiming that "his skillset is not to be a consistent cricketer".
Crawley has been struggling for runs at the top of the order this summer, managing just 164 of them at an average of 16.40 across five Tests. Former England openers Sir Alastair Cook and Mark Butcher have both called for him to be dropped, with Butcher even stating that continuing to pick Crawley is becoming "cruel". McCullum, nonetheless, has insisted that England will continue to root for Crawley, saying: "He's a talent, and there are not too many of those guys floating around. He's still learning his game at this level.''
Former England captain and cricket pundit Hussain, however, has slammed McCullum's comments and inquired why he would want an opener in the team who is not consistently delivering the goods.
"This attitude gives Crawley a cop out. He might think 'maybe today's just not my day. My technique is not suited to being a consistent player'" ⏤ Nasser Hussain. pic.twitter.com/8px8krpaUX— The Cricketer (@TheCricketerMag) August 22, 2022