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Mason Crane on a career in cricket and toruing Australia with England

PUBLISHED: 11:11 17 September 2015 | UPDATED: 11:11 17 September 2015

Mason Crane

Mason Crane

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Lancing College pupil Mason Crane switched to Hampshire after he was left out of the Sussex Under-14 squad. Sussex might live to regret that, says Clive Agran

As far as Sussex are concerned, 18 year old Mason Crane may prove to be the one that got away. Now an outstanding cricketing prospect who has already played for England under-19s, he represented Sussex when a young boy but switched to Hampshire when he was left out of the Sussex Under-14 squad. Whoever took the decision not to pick the lad from Lancing College must surely be rueing it now for Crane has, as it were, carried all before him.

A devilish leg-spinner who once took eight wickets for a measly 11 runs for Lancing College’s Under-15 side and another eight wickets for 43 runs when playing for the school first XI, is now on the brink of signing professional forms for Hampshire. “That’s the plan,” revealed Crane. “I’ve already had a taste of the lifestyle and felt at home in that environment. It would be a great honour to make it. It would also be a bit of a coup for Lancing College.”

What makes it even worse from Sussex’s point of view is that not only has his bowling made significant progress under the watchful eye of Lancing College’s cricketing coach Raj Maru, but his batting has come on dramatically as well.

He scored a century in each of his last two seasons for the school first XI and racked up a sparkling 150 for his club’s Under-19 side.

Although Crane has his heart set on a cricketing career, he is sensible enough to know that professional sport can lead to disappointment as well as glory, and so when not teasing opposition batsmen, he studied hard for his A-levels. “My educations is a vital insurance policy in case cricket doesn’t work out. But I haven’t really given much thought to what I’ll do if it doesn’t,” he confessed. “It would probably be something within the game such as coaching, but I hope to have a playing career first.”

One of the highlights so far must surely be touring Australia last winter with the England Under-19s. “It was an amazing honour and an experience I will never forget. It was great to test myself with and against the best in the world for my age.”

Another highlight was meeting England captain Alastair Cook. But his cricketing hero comes from Down Under. “I love the way Shane Warne bowled. His energy and the atmosphere he created. He was the type of bowler you couldn’t take your eyes off and he always had something special up his sleeve.”

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