• English youngster Mason Crane came to Sydney last summer to mould his leg spin in the local grade competition.
  • No doubt England coach and ex-NSW man Trevor Bayliss has an eye firmly fixed on the Ashes in Australia later this year, and the potential damage Crane could do on the wickets that so suited him over the summer.
  • Crane starred for club side Gordon with the ball last season, and left as Sydney’s leading wicket taker in first grade – his 45 scalps in just 11 matches making him the first spin bowler in almost a decade to win the Bill O’Reilly medal as the competition’s best player.
  • So impressive was Crane’s summer he forced himself into the NSW Sheffield Shield team for their penultimate game of the season against South Australia at the SCG, and took five wickets.
  • Behind the scenes Crane worked tirelessly with former Australian leg spinner Stuart MacGill, the man who presented Crane with his baggy Blue before he debuted for the state.

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