Mason Sidney Crane is a leg break bowler who has been picked up in the Ashes Squad with some other fresh faces like Dawid Malan and James Vince. He has shown a lot of promise for the spin bowler that England are looking for. England Selectors have shown great faith in him as his selection was very heart warming story. He’s been chosen to play test cricket for England just after 25 games and he has bowling average almost twice of his age. Adil Rashid is mighty effective for England in the limited over versions of the game but his performance in red ball cricket is not that impressive. This is general trend for all wrist spinners including Imran Tahir who now only play limited over cricket for South Africa. It will be interesting to see if young Mason Crane can fulfill the expectations of England selectors.
Facts about England Leg break blower Mason Crane
Mason Sidney Crane was born on 18th of February 2017 in West Sussex, England.
2Shane Warne effect
After watching Shane Warne in 2005 Ashes Series, Mason Crane wanted to become leg spinner, but his home county Sussex released him at the age of 14. But then he was noticed by Raj Maru, who saw potential in him an admitted him to Hampshire academy.
3Hampshire and Rajesh Maru
Mason has been member of Hampshire academy since the age of 14 where Rajesh Maru, a Hampshire Spinner was guiding him. Under Maru’s guidance he quickly became a leg break bowler with great control and capable of bowling googly.
Under the guidance of Rajesh Maru and Hampshire academy spin coach Darren flint, he was able to impress with his performances for the academy and as a result he was called to play for England U-17 development team.
5New South Wales connection
Crane is the first overseas cricket to play for New South wales in 32 years after Imran Khan when he played in Sheffield Shield in March 2017. On his debut for NSW he took five wickets and scored 15 runs not out.
6International call just after 25 First class games
Just two years back he made his debut for Hampshire and he has around 25 first class appearances to his name. His impressive performance in Australia for NSW, he was selected for North vs South Series in UAE where he took four wickets for 39 runs in third and final match. He almost single handedly won that match attracting the attention of selector Andrew Strauss. His performance earned him place in England’s T20 team in June 2017.
7Double bounce wicket
Mason Crane achieved one of the rarest feat in the cricket by getting a wicket of the double bounced ball. It was the wicket of Dean Elgar in the county championship match. Crane accidently delivered a short and wide ball that had Dean Elgar misjudging the ball and ball bounced twice before hitting the stumps.
8Under-19 World Cup
He was also included in the England’s Squad for the 2016 Under-19 World Cup.
In August 2017 he was named in the England Squad for the series against West Indies where he didn’t play any game and following month he was drafted into English squad for the Ashes 2017-18.
10Reputation of Dismissing Great Batsmen
Mason Crane’s Career is still in initial stages, but he has some very notable scalps to his name across various platforms which includes Kumara Sangakkara, AB de Villiers, Chris Rogers, Johnathan Trott, Jacques Rudolph, Paul Collingwood and Ravi Bopara.