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Root salutes versatile Crane

August 12, 2017


LONDON: England captain Joe Root said new leg-spinner Mason Crane was typical of the modern cricketer who feels at ease in switching between the many formats of the game.

The 20-year-old has received his maiden Test call-up for next week’s day-night game against West Indies at Edgbaston, the first to be played in England with a pink Dukes ball under lights.

But most of his preparation has been with the white ball used in the shorter formats. On Thursday, he took three wickets for Hampshire against Glamorgan in the T20 competition.

“He [Crane] is a very exciting prospect and this is a great opportunity,” said Root. “T20 is part and parcel of the schedule and you’ve got to be able to switch between formats. He’ll have a good week’s preparation now.”

The highly rated leg-spinner played two T20 games for England against South Africa earlier this summer, effectively sealing the series by having A.B. de Villiers caught in the deep off his googly delivery.

He is not certain to play at Edgbaston, where the timing and pink ball is likely to favour the seamers, and his first-class record is modest — 70 first-class wickets at almost 42 runs each.

Published in Dawn, August 12th, 2017