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CRANE TO MAKE ENGLAND DEBUT IN SYDNEY AS INJURED WOAKES MISSES OUT

Hampshire leg-spinner comes in for Warwickshire man, who has a side strain

Mason Crane has been confirmed in England's Test team for the fifth Ashes match in Sydney, replacing Chris Woakes.

Crane, who at 20 years old will become England's youngest player in an overseas Ashes clash since Phil DeFreitas, will be part of a two-pronged attack at the SCG alongside the out-of-form Moeen Ali.

Moeen keeps his place after Woakes was ruled out of the game with a side strain. The Warwickshire all-rounder underwent a scan on Wednesday.

Crane has collected just five wickets in tour matches Down Under, and his first-class career economy rate of 3.86 tells the story of a talented young leg-spinner still learning his craft, but the Hampshire man is hugely rated by England management.

Captain Joe Root s convinced he has the attitude and temperament to make his debut a success.

Chris Woakes has been ruled out of the fifth Ashes Test with a side strain

"It's a very big opportunity. He's very excited, as you'd guess for a young lad who's desperate to get involved in international cricket and play for England," he told the ECB's website.

"He should offer some spin across the five days. He's someone who won't back down from any challenge. He likes to get stuck in and get involved and he's very confident, and very sure of himself for a young man.

"He's ready to play, ready to go and I hope it's the start of something really special."

Root said of Woakes's injury: "I don't think it's too serious. He's obviously had some issues with it over the summer and it's about making sure he can play a lot of cricket for England in all formats."

The rest of the England side remains unchanged for the final game against Australia.

England: Cook, Stoneman, Vince, Root, Malan, Bairstow, Moeen, Curran, Broad, Crane, Anderson

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