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New Zealand vs England Tests: Jack Leach replaces injured Mason Crane

Batting isn't a problem for Ben Stokes but whether he can play a full part as an all-rounder in Auckland remains up New Zealand vs England Tests: Jack Leach replaces injured Mason Crane
Noah Ferguson | 19 March, 2018, 05:32

Mason Crane has been ruled out of England's Test series against New Zealand due to injury with Somerset's Jack Leach called up as his replacement.

The 21-year-old Crane, who made his debut in the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney in January, felt discomfort in his back earlier this week and had two scans, which revealed a partial stress fracture, the European Central Bank said in a statement.

After beating the Kiwis in the ODI series 3-1, England is set to take on the hosts in a 2-match Test series which starts on 22nd March. Silverwood said that the bowler was really upset as he will miss the series against New Zealand as well as the few games in the domestic season for Hampshire.

Crane has played just one Test so far and made his debut in the fifth and final Ashes Test against Australia earlier this year.

Despite all that Crane remains a highly regarded figure within the England set-up and coach Trevor Bayliss will be disappointed he does not now have the option of giving the 21-year-old more Test experience here.

He took to Twitter to wish the English side well while suggested that he will return better and stronger.

This winter, Leach hit form again in the England Lions tour of the Caribbean. The bowler took 17 wickets in the three unofficial Tests against Windies A for England Lions. But the same pair had to settle for a combined 60 runs, Martin Guptill (73) instead top-scoring, with Moeen Ali and latterly Root sharing six wickets with their off-breaks.

Leach has received his first senior England call-up and will travel to New Zealand ahead of the two-Test series starting at Eden Park, Auckland on 22 March.

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