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Bayliss feels Crane will cope

13th January 2018, 15:01 by Neil Foster

England coach Trevor Bayliss feels leg-spinner Mason Crane will handle the pressure if he plays in the final Ashes Test.

The tourists have already surrendered the famous urn as they trail 3-0 with just the Sydney Test to play while there have been calls to try out a few fresh faces in New South Wales.

Moeen Ali has been woeful in all aspects of his game Down Under and it appears likely that the Worcestershire man will be the player to make way if Crane is given the nod.

It seems the Hampshire youngster could make his debut despite having only played 29 first-class games, with Bayliss confident he could cope.

"There's been no decision on the team right now," he said. "With the series lost, it gives us the opportunity to look at some different people.

"There's maybe no time like the present to find out (if Crane is good enough). 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."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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