Crane pleased to make changes

15 April 2019 12:16:54 EST

Fit-again Hampshire leg-spinner Mason Crane believes he has improved his game during nearly ten months on the sidelines due to a serious back injury.

The 22-year-old missed the first couple of months of the last domestic season before returning to action, only to be struck down by a stress fracture after helping his county to Royal London Cup final success in late June.

I feel I'm better than I was and that's a really positive step for me.

Mason Crane

He is now back in the fold at the Rose Bowl and Crane is confident that he used his time off well and has made some necessary adjustments to his bowling action.

Crane told the Daily Echo: "I've not had to adjust anything (due to the injury), but I've chosen to.

"Before I was by no means a perfect bowler, but I feel I'm better than I was and that's a really positive step for me.

"I've used this time to try and improve myself and, hopefully, now I'm fully fit I can show what I've worked on.

"There are a few things in my action that weren't necessarily bad things, but were things I'd have liked the opportunity to change before."

Crane has played in one Test match and two T20 internationals for England, with his Test debut against Australia in Sydney ending with him taking 1-193 as the tourists were thrashed by an innings and 123 runs.

England are 3/4 to win the Ashes back with an outright series win later this summer, with the draw priced at 11/2 and an Australian victory available at 7/4.

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