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Mason Crane commits to Hampshire until end of 2022 season

Legspinner proves enduring worth with key wickets in truncated 2020 summer

Mason Crane sets off on a celebratory run  •  Getty Images

Mason Crane sets off on a celebratory run  •  Getty Images

Mason Crane has extended his contract with Hampshire, and will remain at the Ageas Bowl at least until the end of 2022.
Crane, who played his only Test to date at Sydney in the final match of the 2017-18 Ashes, demonstrated his enduring importance to Hampshire in a truncated 2020 season, claiming nine wickets at 22 in this year's Vitality Blast, as well as 14 wickets at 13.57 in the Bob Willis Trophy.
"I'm very happy to commit to a new extension here at Hampshire," Crane said. "I'm looking forward to what the future brings for us as a team and can't wait to continue to improve and contribute to the club's success over the coming years."
Crane, 23, made his first-team debut as an 18-year-old in 2015, and picked up 66 wickets in 34 matches across all formats in his first two seasons.
A further 49 wickets in 2017 earned him an England T20I debut against South Africa, ahead of his Ashes call-up, and though a stress fracture of the back interrupted his development in 2018, he returned to action in time to play a key role in Hampshire's Royal London Cup triumph, as well as their run to a second consecutive final the following summer.
"Mason is a key member of our squad and his contributions with the ball this season have been excellent," Giles White, Hampshire's director of cricket, said. "We're delighted with his progress and the fact that he's committed his future to Hampshire. He will be an important player for us moving forward."