Crane ruled out of New Zealand Test series

Mason Crane stress fracture lower back ruled out Test series New Zealand England cricket

Mason Crane will return to England

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England spinner Mason Crane will miss the upcoming two-Test series against New Zealand after being diagnosed with a stress fracture in his lower back.

Crane made his Test debut during the recent Ashes series against Australia, which England lost 4-0, and rejoined his teammates this week.

However, his back injury stopped him from featuring in the back-to-back warm-up matches in Hamilton.

As a result, Crane will return to England, while Somerset left-arm spinner Jack Leach will replace him in the Test squad.

England pace bowler James Anderson, who has been retained as vice-captain, admitted that he knows what Crane is going through and hopes the 21-year-old will make a quick recovery.

“I’ve been there myself. Mason has got got a good head on his shoulders and I’m sure he’ll come back strong,” Anderson told BBC Sport. “What is unfortunate for someone is a bit of fortune or someone else. It’s a good opportunity for Jack.”

Leach has yet to make his Test debut and could very well do so in the Test series against the Black Caps, which begins with a day-night match in Auckland on March 22.

Leach was the fourth-highest wicket-taker in Division One of the County Championship last year as he claimed 51 wickets at an average of 25.78.

The 26-year-old was set to be called up for England’s Test tour of India in 2016, but missed out on the series as he had to remodel his bowling action.

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