Crane poised for Sydney bow

02 January 2018 18:41:14 GMTPlus10
Mason Crane appears set to make his Test debut for England in Sydney.

England head coach Trevor Bayliss has hinted that the tourists may look at fresh options in the fifth and final Ashes Test against Australia in Sydney.

Having avoided a whitewash by securing a draw in the fourth Test in Melbourne, England will be looking to make a strong statement in the final match of a series that was already lost after three consecutive defeats.

We think he's a guy that has got the goods and the more he plays at this level the better he will get.

Trevor Bayliss

And Bayliss has given a major hint that young leg-spinner Mason Crane could be handed a Test debut, with off-spinning all-rounder Moeen Ali having endured a tough series to date.

Asked if Crane, who played Sheffield Shield cricket for New South Wales 12 months ago, was ready for the challenge, Bayliss told reporters: "There's maybe no time like the present to find out.

"We think he's a guy that has got the goods and the more he plays at this level the better he will get. You have got to start somewhere.

"There's been no decision on the team right now, (but) with the series lost it gives us the opportunity to look at some different people."

Hampshire leggie Crane, still only 20 years of age, made his international bow last summer when he featured in two T20 internationals against South Africa.

He went wicketless on his debut on home turf at the Rose Bowl, before snaring AB de Villiers as his first international wicket in Cardiff.

Crane can be backed at 6.00 to be top England first innings bowler at the SCG, with Stuart Broad priced at 3.75 and James Anderson available at 3.25.

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