Ashes 2017-18 : Crane draws parallels with Warne in Sydney

Mason Crane went wicket less on day 2.

Mason Crane made his debut in Sydney test | Source Getty

Mason Crane who is a young spinner specialist that had made his debut for England has made a worthy start to his test career with figures of no wicket for 58 off 17 overs on the second day. The young English lad was inspired by his bowling stints in Sydney test and aspire himself to a better performance than Shane Warne's figure in his test debut that was 150/1.

The 20-year-old cricketer went wicketless bowling to Australia's Steven Smith and Usman Khawaja and unfortunately did not share any wicket on day 2.

Crane who has a great performance after taking 5 wickets for New South Wales in domestic Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Whereas, Shane Warne went onto to become the best world class spinner of all time with 708 wickets in International cricket.

"I'm hoping for slightly better figures (than Warne's)," Crane told reporters."At the end of the day that's how it goes, he turned into a great bowler and I'm sure it was character building for him." Further, he added.

Mason Crane who is been under Stuart MacGill legend Australian spinner coaching said he was quite nervous when he came to bowl against Australia in Sydney.

"It was awesome. Naturally, I was a little bit nervous, but I was also really excited. I had great fun out here and I can't wait until tomorrow," he said.

Crane said MacGill had helped him deal with the pressures of playing in his first Test match.

"He told me I would be nervous when I was called on to bowl and that's very natural," he said.

"It was about dealing with that and focusing on the keys that make me bowl my best."

"There were periods where we had a couple of inside edges that didn't quite get to the short leg or to slip, but that happens," he said.

"That's the game and you keep plugging away and hopefully they go my way tomorrow." He added.

Crane said Steve Smith, unbeaten on 44 at the close and chasing his fourth century in the series, was the key wicket for England.

"He's got out four times in this series, he's playing it very well, he's seeing it very well but he's only human so we'll keep plugging away tomorrow and hopefully get him out," Crane said.

"He's a key player for them. I feel if we can get him out and we can take a couple more wickets then we can hopefully get a first innings lead." Crane about Steven Smith.


By Kunal Kataria - 06 Jan, 2018

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