Crane: It felt like a normal game

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Young England leg-spinner Mason Crane says that once he got over his nerves making his Test debut was just like playing any other game.

Crane found it hard to find his rhythm early on but settled in nicely despite ending wicketless after 17 overs.

Speaking after play on day two of the fifth Ashes Test from Sydney Crane said: “I had great fun out there. It’s massive. It’s everything you’ve been working towards for the last few years. It’s a huge moment.”

When asked whether he felt nervous ahead of bowling his first over Crane revealed that the skipper didn’t give him much time to think about it.

Crane added: “I didn’t really have any time to think about it. Joe Root said he wanted me to bowl at this end but then changed his mind.”

The Hampshire tweaker bowled a few full tosses which he attributed to the ball just getting stuck in his hand.

He went on to say: “The first one stuck in a bit. After a couple of overs I settled down. It just felt like a normal game, with a few more people watching.”

Crane returned figures of 0/58 in 17 overs but bowled a touch better than England’s main spinner Moeen Ali who is struggling to turn the ball.

Australia ended day two in charge of the fifth Ashes Test trailing England by just 153 runs with 8 wickets still in hand and run machine Steve Smith unbeaten on 44.