England will be finally making a change to their line up for the fifth and final Test match in Sydney starting tomorrow. Off-spinner Mason Crane will be replacing injured Chris Woakes in Sydney.
Crane's inclusion is possibly the only change England will make in their lineup. “He’s obviously an integral significant member of both the white ball and test team and it’s important he’s not out for a long time like he was last summer,” Root told reporters.
“He’s going to miss this week and it’s a great opportunity for Mason to come in and make his debut.” Root said.
Crane will become the youngest England spinner to make his test debut for 90 years.
“He’s been outstanding. For a young man to apply himself and absorb himself in the environment as he has, is exactly what you want,” Root said.
“You can see a big progression in his game since he’s been involved in this tour. He’s right up for international cricket and he’s not someone who’s going to back down".
“On this surface, he’s going to be a really good option. It looks like it’s going to give a bit of turn throughout" concluded Root on Crane's inclusion.
England squad: Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Joe Root (captain), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Tom Curran, Stuart Broad, Mason Crane, James Anderson