Mason Crane replaces injured Chris Woakes for fifth Test
Hampshire leg-spinner Mason Crane is all set to make his Test debut after he was named in the XI for the fifth and final game of the Ashes series against Australia in Sydney.
Crane will take the place of Chris Woakes in the line-up that featured in the Melbourne Test after the latter suffered another side strain.
Woakes earlier missed a significant amount of England's home season due to a side strain that he sustained in the opening game of the Champions Trophy.
“He’s [Woakes] 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.”
Crane, 20, has already played two Twenty20 Internationals for England but is yet to make an appearance in the other two formats.
He claimed a total of eight wickets in the four warm-up games England played in their ongoing tour of Australia but has impressive first-class figures of 75 wickets from 29 games.
“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.”
England have already lost the series 3-0 following defeats in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth while the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne ended in a draw.
Looking at the squads below, you would be right in thinking that a Matchbook Bonus Code would be worth looking out for on England upsetting the odds and beating Australia in the final Ashes Test of the series in Sydney.
Australia will be looking to welcome back Mitchell Starc for this final Test to get amongst the England batsmen again and secure a 4-0 series win against the old enemy.
England XI for Sydney Test:
Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Joe Root (captain), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Tom Curran, Stuart Broad, Mason Crane, James Anderson
Australia 14-man squad for Sydney Test:
Steven Smith (captain), David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Tim Paine (wk), Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Jackson Bird, Nathan Lyon, Ashton Agar
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