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Selectors hope Mason Crane can conquer English history on step into the unknown | Vic Marks

The 20-year-old Sussex leg-spinner is unlikely to play in the day-night Test against West Indies at Edgbaston but he could soon buck a troublesome trend

It seems we have some dewy-eyed romantics as selectors. From Hampshire they have plucked the young wrist-spinner, Mason Crane, whose bowling average is twice his age. A fresh-faced novice of 20 is on the verge of playing Test cricket after 25 first-class games.

It is an eye-catching selection and a heartwarming story and – who knows – might have a happy ending. Whether Crane actually plays in Birmingham against West Indies is debatable. This is …read more

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