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Mason Crane: From Boy To Man 

The Hampshire leg-spinner talks us through how he's grown off the pitch during a tough last couple of seasons

Mason Crane has had his fair share of misfortune on the field over the past two seasons, but the 22-year-old is more than happy with how he has matured off of it.

The leg-spinner suffered two stress fractures in his lower back since the beginning of 2018,  which meant his time out in the middle has been very limited. But with the majority of last summer under his belt, Crane was relatively content when reflecting on the last two years.

“It’s been a bit here and there hasn’t it! Obviously a lot didn’t happen during 2018, the winter was a long slog, I was rehabbing and wasn’t able to bowl too much but I was kind of building up to the early season in a race to be fit at some point.

“I’ve had a tough time, I think I’ve learnt a lot about myself and my game, because I’ve got through this season relatively unscathed I can build on that and improve ready for the next few seasons.”

Although fitness was on his side last season, Sussex-born Crane knows that periods of the 2019 season had been a struggle.  

“I got a bit better in the 50 over competition and started to feel like myself. I’ll be the first to admit I struggled in the red ball games I played in, some of those matches just weren’t for me.

“Raining at Headingley and trying to bowl for over rate isn’t really my role but T20 started really well and then I got injured so it was OK, I was just happy to be relatively fit.”

Crane was making his England and Ashes debut aged just 20 in January 2018, but since his debut down under, it hasn’t been plain sailing.

“If you look back since that tour, a lot has happened to me that’s incredibly difficult to deal with injury wise. I think you have to grow up a lot through that, when you realise you’re pretty much going to spend a year doing very little and doing that on your own it’s not easy to process.

“I’ve never really been injured before that so I’ve learnt a lot about myself in coping with that, new challenges now don’t really start to faze me because I just think how hard can it possibly be?”

Crane’s ever-growing reputation in white ball competitions is something that continues to flourish and this season wasn’t really any different.

The right armer averaged just 16 with the ball during the Vitality Blast last summer and when asked about his ambitions for the upcoming campaign, he set his sights on bringing T20 cricket home to the Ageas Bowl.

“I really want to be at Finals Day again, it’s a massive day and the biggest one on the county calendar. I’ve been there twice and loved it, I’m just yet to lift the trophy so I want to win the T20 100%.

“Hopefully I can achieve a lot, with ‘The Hundred’ as well it looks as if it has the potential to be a really big year.”

The best way to catch Mason and the rest of the Hampshire squad in action next season is with a 2020 Hampshire Cricket Membership and there’s never been a better time to join or renew with Early Bird and Direct Debit discounts now available.

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