- England captain Joe Root has warned not to expect too much from Mason Crane after the leg-spinner received his first call-up into a Test squad.
- The 20-year-old Hampshire rising star was something of a surprise inclusion in a 13-man squad announced Thursday for next week’s first Test against the West Indies at Edgbaston — the first floodlit and pink ball Test to be staged in Britain.
- For Crane to play at Edgbaston, it would likely mean England reverting to the two spinner policy they employed early in the South Africa campaign rather than sticking with Moeen Ali — man of the series against the Proteas — as their specialist slow bowler following the Worcestershire all- rounder’s starring role in wins at The Oval and Old Trafford.
- But that Crane, who last year became the first overseas player to appear for Australia’s New South Wales in more than 30 years, is in the England Test squad at such a young age, is an enticing prospect.
- If both Crane and Stoneman play against the West Indies, it will mean England have fielded five Test debutants this season, with Tom Westley, Dawid Malan and Toby Roland-Jones all having won their first caps in recent weeks.