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Zak Crawley’s up for the fight to keep his England spot

ZAK CRAWLEY is out to stake his claim for a spot in England’s top three and thinks how he performs in the next week or two is likely to indicate whether he will take the field for next month’s first Test against West Indies.

Rory Burns’ ankle injury paved the way for Crawley to open the batting with Dom Sibley in the last three Tests against South Africa last winter.

But with Burns available again, Crawley (pictured) may have to move down to No.3 and oust Kent team-mate Joe Denly in order to retain his place at the Ageas Bowl on July 8.

Crawley is therefore taking the practice sessions which started yesterday seriously, not just next month’s intra-squad match.

‘Perhaps I haven’t quite completely proven myself yet, but hopefully with a couple of scores I can get to that point,’ he said. ‘The way I see it, the selectors will pick the best three players in form from what they see in the next couple of weeks.’

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