Mason Crane's introduction to Test cricket for the fifth and final Ashes clash with Australia is perhaps a sign that England are finally prepared to invest the time it takes to develop a decent leg-spinner, whatever the short-term cost. In the corresponding fixture on the 2013-14 Ashes series, when England were 4-0 down, Scott Borthwick, Boyd Rankin and Gary Ballance were all handed debuts with only the latter going on to play a second Test. Leg-spinners have to be aggressive and confident and it has been Crane's attitude that has most impressed his captain. "He showed in the T20 matches that he's right up for international cricket and he's not someone who's going to back down," Root said on Wednesday. "On this surface, he's going to be a really good option.
Source: dna January 03, 2018 06:11 UTC