Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I'm Backing Crane to Give England a Lift

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I'm Backing Crane to Give England a Lift

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Byline: James Taylor @Jamestaylor20

IT is pretty rare for English players to be chosen for Australian state cricket so if Mason Crane managed to get into the New South Wales team last winter, he must have something about him.

Crane was playing grade cricket in Sydney at the time and his stint in the Sheffield Shield means he should be pretty familiar with the SCG when he makes his Test debut there tonight.

I was desperate to play state cricket but teams rarely give a chance to an overseas player ahead of one of their own. That is why my ears pricked up when I heard Crane had managed it.

He was chosen for the Ashes as a 'luxury' player, which looked a smart selection when Ben Stokes was still part of the side. With Stokes in the team, England could have picked Crane safe in the knowledge that they still had a four-man seam attack. …

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