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Tuesday, 02 January 2018 - 12:19
Mason Crane to make Test debut!
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Mason Crane looks set to make his Test debut in the final match of the Ashes series in Sydney.
 
Crane, the 20-year-old leg-spinner, is set to come into the team in place of either Moeen Ali or Tom Curran as England take the opportunity to blood a new player with the series already decided and the whitewash averted.
 
While it remains possible that Moeen could retain his place if it seems conditions will justify the selection of two spin bowlers, it appears Crane will be the first choice if England goes in with only one slow bowler.
 
The selection would continue a remarkable journey for Crane.
 
Just over a year ago, he was in Sydney playing Grade cricket for Gordon in a bid to gain experience.
 
So well did it go - he claimed four five-fors and three seven-fors on the way to becoming the leading wicket-taker in New South Wales premier cricket - he was selected for New South Wales' Sheffield Shield side.
 
That made him their first overseas player since Imran Khan in 1984-85, and their first English player since William Caffyn in the 1960s. 
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