Crane rues renewed back woes
Hampshire leg-spinner Mason Crane has been ruled out for the rest of the domestic season after suffering a recurrence of a stress fracture in his back.
The 21-year-old, who made his Test debut for England against Australia in the winter, featured for his county as they won the Royal London One-Day Cup final against Kent at the weekend, but need a painkilling injection to do so.
I've just got to try and look forward and try and get fit for next season.Mason Crane
And Crane has now admitted defeat in his attempts to keep playing and is now facing another lay-off due to a problem which ruled him out of the winter tour of New Zealand.
He told BBC Radio Solent: "It's a real shame with the return of the same injury and so frustrating.
"The injection was purely to get me through the final, but it was definitely worth taking those risks for such a big game.
"It's a small risk for one game as stress fractures don't get much worse in one day. It's the build-up over time really.
"But, there's no point in getting too down about it. I've just got to try and look forward and try and get fit for next season.
"There will be a period of rest, initially for a few weeks and then we'll look at lots of rehabilitation to get back into it and get it right."
Minus Crane, Hants are 14/1 to win the T20 Blast this summer, with Surrey priced at 8/1 and Essex 20/1.
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