England batsmen James Vince has praised his fellow Hampshire teammate Mason Crane as the pair get set to help to play a part in helping England to retain the Ashes this winter.
Crane is uncapped at test match level but made his England debut in the summer, where he played twice against South Africa in the T20 series, picking up his first and only wicket during the last T20 at Cardiff in June.
Crane has played a part in England’s two opening warm-up matches and was in particularly impressive in the previous match, where he claimed five wickets in the match in the absence of first-choice spinner Moeen Ali who is out injured with a side-strain.
Speaking to the Cricketer, he said:
From a personal point of view, he’s got a good attitude. He’s always up for a challenge. I don’t think he’ll be fazed by the bigger stage, or the pressures of the media, he deals with all that stuff really well.
From a purely cricketing point of view, the guy can bowl leg-spin pretty accurately with all the variations – at his age that’s something very exciting. I hope he plays a really big part in this series. He will have a big part to play in England’s future.
Furthermore, Vince is sure that anything which is thrown in Crane’s direction he is able to deal with.
He was the first overseas player at New South Wales in a number of years. He’ll enjoy the battle, and all the sledging from the Aussies. Hopefully if he gets the opportunity he’ll do well.
Although the 20-year-old is unlikely to feature in the Ashes if Moeen Ali remains fit, the experience will hopefully prove invaluable to the Hampshire leg-spinner as he looks to cement his place as England’s second spinner ahead of the likes of Adil Rashid.
Crane’s inclusion in the Ashes squad caps a remarkable year for the 20-year-old, who last year played for New South Wales and showed his ability with the ball in unfriendly conditions.
England have one more warm-up game ahead of the Ashes, facing a Cricket Australia XI on Wednesday in Townsville.