Mason Crane played in the Royal London One-Day Cup final against Kent but had to take painkillers to get through the game © Getty
Mason Crane, the Hampshire legspinner, has been ruled out of the rest of the season with a stress fracture in his back, it was revealed on Monday (July 2). He has been suffering with the issue for some time now and was also forced to miss the tour of New Zealand.
Crane played in the Royal London One-Day Cup final against Kent but had to take painkillers to get through the game. He picked up 1 for 53 as Hampshire cantered to a 61-run win.
“It’s heartbreaking I’ll miss so much cricket. It’s a real shame with the return of the same injury and so frustrating,” he told BBC Radio. “The injection was purely to get me through the final. 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.”
Crane, however, remained optimistic to be fit for the next season. “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,” he said. “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.”
Crane made his Test debut earlier this year in the Ashes Test against Australia in Sydney. He has also played two T20Is and has one wicket to show for.
Shared News | Last updated on Mon, 02 Jul, 2018, 06:12 PM