Full name Mason Sidney Crane
Born February 18, 1997, Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex
Current age 21 years 99 days
Major teams England, England Lions, England Under-19s, Hampshire, Hampshire 2nd XI, Hampshire Cricket Academy, Hampshire Under-16s, Hampshire Under-17s
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
|Only Test||Australia v England at Sydney, Jan 4-8, 2018 scorecard|
|T20I debut||England v South Africa at Southampton, Jun 21, 2017 scorecard|
|Last T20I||England v South Africa at Cardiff, Jun 25, 2017 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Hampshire v Durham at Southampton, Jul 19-22, 2015 scorecard|
|Last First-class||West Indies A v England Lions at Kingston, Feb 18-20, 2018 scorecard|
|List A debut||Hampshire v Sussex at Southampton, Jul 27, 2015 scorecard|
|Last List A||Hampshire v Kent at Southampton, May 27, 2018 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Hampshire v Surrey at Southampton, Jul 10, 2015 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Hampshire v Nottinghamshire at Birmingham, Sep 2, 2017 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1/71||Hampshire||v Kent||Southampton||27 May 2018||LA|
|1/62||Hampshire||v Essex||Southampton||23 May 2018||LA|
|3/45||Hampshire||v Surrey||Southampton||21 May 2018||LA|
|1/52, 21*||Hampshire||v Sussex||Hove||19 May 2018||LA|
|28, 1/53||Hants 2nd XI||v Kent 2nd XI||Southampton||14 May 2018||Other OD|
|0/0||England||v NZ XI||Hamilton||14 Mar 2018||Other|
|12, 0/59, 25*||Eng Lions||v W. Indies A||Kingston||18 Feb 2018||FC|
|1, 0/43, 0, 1/13||Eng Lions||v W. Indies A||Florence Hall||11 Feb 2018||FC|
|0/57, 0/24||Eng Lions||v Jamaica XI||Kingston||5 Feb 2018||Other|
|4, 1/193, 2||England||v Australia||Sydney||4 Jan 2018||Test # 2291|
As an eight-year-old only child watching the 2005 Ashes series, Mason Crane was inspired by the bewitching displays of Shane Warne. From that moment he wanted to be a legspinner. Twelve years later he made his England debut in Twenty20 cricket and to cap the summer, at 21, he was chosen for England's Ashes tour party.
Life had not always been that rewarding. When his home county, Sussex, left him out of their Under-14 squad he was bereft - for many a lad that would be the end of the story - but he was fortunate enough to be a pupil at Lancing College whose cricket master, Raj Maru, was a former Hampshire left-arm spinner and involved with the county academy. With the help of Maru and the Hampshire academy spin coach, Darren Flint, he soon won England call-ups at England U-17 and U-19 level.
Crane made his Hampshire 1st XI debut against Surrey at the Ageas Bowl and took 2 for 35 as he dismissed Kumar Sangakkara - quite a first wicket - with a rank full toss and Vikram Solanki, stumped in more orthodox fashion. The last of Flint's 34 first-class wickets for Hampshire had been Solanki, a neat coincidence. A few weeks later, against Warwickshire at the Ageas Bowl, Crane became the youngest Hampshire player to take a five-wicket haul in the Championship.
Crane's second season was harder going, although only Ryan McLaren took more than his 31 Championship wickets. He was hardly used in the T20 Blast but had long, career-forming bowls in the Royal London Cup.
A winter was planned with the former Australia legspinner Stuart MacGill in Sydney. Back-to-back seven wickets hauls for Gordon CC in Australia earned him a call-up to the New South Wales side in the Sheffield Shield, making him the first overseas player since Imran Khan in 1984/85 to play State cricket in Australia and his reputation was further enhanced when he impressed in the 2017 North vs South series in the UAE.
England's growing interest was apparent when the national selector, James Whitaker, expressed frustration over Crane's omission from a Hampshire Championship side early in 2017 (he was to play only half the 14 matches and 16 wickets at 44.69 was nothing to write home about), but like several English legspinners he was making a home for himself in Twenty20 an, ahead of an excellent Blast season, England gave him his first two T20Is the first on his home ground against South Africa. His call up to the Ashes tour party that winter was less justified by statistics.