X

Monday 16
July

Cricket

MCG holds no fears for Crane

22nd December 2017, 10:39 by Craig Smithson

Mason Crane is adamant that he is 'ready' to make his England debut against Australia at the MCG in the Ashes Test on Boxing Day.

The 20-year-old Hampshire spin bowler has watched from the sidelines as Joe Root's side have relinquished the Ashes urn to their rivals as they trail 3-0 in the current series Down Under.

The target for the tourists is to avoid another 5-0 whitewash in the remaining two Test matches, starting in Melbourne over the festive period.

But with Craig Overton set to miss out because of a rib injury and Jake Ball dropped after a disappointing display in the first Test defeat in Brisbane, an opportunity for Crane or seamer Tom Curran is in the offing.

And, despite the unnerving prospect of being thrown into a first Test outing in front of over 90,000 spectators at the MCG, Crane insists he will be ready if called upon.

He said: "It will be awesome if I do get the chance to play ... I've been ready for every game, so I'm feeling confident."

Crane, who has experience of playing in Australia in the Sheffield Shield for New South Wales and featured in England's tour matches this winter, added: "It's been frustrating I can't contribute directly in the game, and obviously it was heart-breaking that we've lost the series already.

"But these next two games are actually a really good opportunity to show what we are about, and we can compete."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

More Cricket

Cricket

England set for Roy absence blow

16th July 2018, 16:20

Jason Roy is battling to shake off a finger injury in time for England's deciding one-day international against India on Tuesday.

Cricket

Chandimal slapped with ban for St Lucia farce

16th July 2018, 15:23

Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal has received a ban from four one-dayers and two tests for acting against the spirit of the game.

Cricket

Vince handed England call-up for final ODI

15th July 2018, 16:32

James Vince has been handed an England recall for the one-day international decider against India at Headingley on Tuesday.

Cricket

Root hails 'ruthless' England after ODI win

15th July 2018, 16:30

Joe Root hopes England can go on and seal a one-day series win against India on Tuesday after their "ruthless" 86-run win at Lord's.

Cricket

Richardson delighted with Worcestershire victory

14th July 2018, 17:25

Worcestershire Rapids put in a "complete performance" to beat Northamptonshire Steelbacks, according to bowling coach Alan Richardson.

Cricket

Perera skittles Proteas as Sri Lanka take series lead

14th July 2018, 13:09

Dilruwan Perera took six wickets to help dismiss South Africa for a paltry 73 and win the first Test by 278 runs in Galle.

Recent Sport Headlines

Formula 1

Sirotkin hails unseen Williams progress

16th July 2018, 19:43

Williams driver Sergey Sirotkin admits other teams are improving as much as his but is refusing to be too downbeat.

Rugby Union

World Cup the target for Fonotia

16th July 2018, 19:38

New Scarlets centre Kieron Fonotia hopes to get back in the Samoa side by working hard after missing this summer's games.

Tennis

British number 23 Murray ranked 839th in world

16th July 2018, 19:35

Andy Murray's failure to play at Wimbledon and his injury problems mean he is now ranked 839th in the world.

Cycling

Geraint gearing up for big week

16th July 2018, 19:31

Geraint Thomas insists it is too early to think about winning the Tour de France going into the second week.

Everton

Klaassen rejects Turkish move after Tosun chat

16th July 2018, 17:43

Everton striker Cenk Tosun says Besiktas target Davy Klaassen is not interested in moving to Turkey.

Formula 1

Haas progress pleases Grosjean

16th July 2018, 17:42

Romain Grosjean says Haas have made improvements this season and feels there is more to come in the remainder of the campaign.

Fulham

McDonald set for new Fulham deal

16th July 2018, 17:40

Fulham have reportedly started negotiations with midfielder Kevin McDonald over extending his stay at Craven Cottage.

Rugby League

NRL move mooted for Leeds star

16th July 2018, 17:26

Winger Ryan Hall could quit Leeds Rhinos to link up with NRL outfit Sydney Roosters for the 2019 season.