Mason Crane puts his faith in spin lessons of last winter’s Australian adventure

• Leg-spinner likely to face Cricket Australia XI after form against WA XI
• Experience in Australia with mentor Stuart MacGill key factor in selection

England have moved east to Adelaide, where their day-night tour match against a Cricket Australia XI begins on Wednesday. In Perth, they moved through the gears and the two-day game threw up pockets of positivity, such as the batting of Dawid Malan and Mark Stoneman, and the bowling of Jake Ball, who immediately found the perfect length. The expectation is that more boxes will be ticked as the first-class cricket begins and the intensity rises.

With Moeen Ali still injured (but running again and on the mend), the performance of Mason Crane, the 20-year-old leg-spinner who picked up two wickets, was also encouraging. Such opportunity this early in the tour – he should play in Adelaide, too – is unexpected but he is confident he is ready for a Test debut, even if his fledging first-class numbers (his average is a tick under 43), suggest otherwise. “I’m very confident if I was called upon I could do a job,” he said. “Hopefully one day that can happen but I probably wouldn’t be here if other people didn’t think so either.”

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