England in Sri Lanka: Zak Crawley hits century in tour match

Crawley hit 11 fours in his 145-ball innings
Tour match, P Sara Oval, Colombo (day one of four)
England 354-3: Crawley 105, Root 90, Pope 84
Sri Lanka Board President’s XI: Yet to bat

Zak Crawley hit a century for England on the first day of their final warm-up match before the Test series in Sri Lanka.

The 22-year-old opener scored 105 as England reached 354-3 in the four-day encounter against a Sri Lanka Board President’s XI in Colombo.

Captain Joe Root made 90 not out off 122 balls and Ollie Pope an unbeaten 84 off 120 in adding an unbroken 175.

The two-Test series starts on 19 March in Galle.

Crawley, who made 43 and 91 in England’s drawn tour match last week, shared an opening stand of 103 to which Dom Sibley contributed 37.

Joe Denly, preferred to Keaton Jennings at number three, was hit on the helmet before he had scored and offered two half-chances early in…

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