Crane makes unwanted history in horror debut


Mason Crane has endured a horror introduction to Test cricket after achieving a brutal piece of unwanted history.

On an SCG pitch that favoured spin, the rookie legspinner went for 1-193 during Australia's first innings of the fifth Ashes Test - the most expensive figures ever by an English debutant.

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His figures surpassed Devon Malcolm's 2-166 against Australia at Nottingham in 1989 as the worst ever by an Englishman in his maiden Test.

The runs from Crane's 48 overs were the fifth most conceded by a debutant as Australia batted for 193 overs to establish a 303-run lead.

Not the best debut. Image: Getty

His return was the third most expensive by an Englishman and the third most expensive in an Ashes Test.

Crane, who bowled just three maidens, was only spared further punishment when Australia declared their innings at 7-649 halfway through the second session on day four.

The 20-year-old made one Sheffield Shield appearance for NSW 10 months ago.

However, he received no favourable treatment from the Sydney crowd and was frequently booed as he failed to release the ball and received a bronx cheer when he did.

His only wicket came on day three when Usman Khawaja charged down the pitch at him to be stumped by Jonny Bairstow.

He should have had Khawaja earlier that day when he trapped the Australian century-maker lbw but had it taken off him due to a no-ball.

Meanwhile, Australia produced their longest Test innings this century, strengthening their bid for a 4-0 Ashes series win by forcing England to toil in 40C heat at the SCG.

Shaun Marsh and Mitch Marsh celebrated emotional centuries on day four of the fifth Test, powering their side to 7-649 when Steve Smith pulled the pin during the post-lunch session.

Shaun Marsh was run out for 156 following a mix-up with Tim Paine after lunch.

Mitch Marsh was bowled by childhood friend Tom Curran for a well-made 101, having shared a 169-run partnership with his older brother.

England have endured plenty of taxing sessions this summer but none compare to the punishment they copped in heatwave conditions at the SCG.

Australia's first innings spanned 193 overs. They haven't batted for so long in a Test dig since 1997, when Steve Waugh and Greg Blewett helped the tourists frustrate South Africa for 193.4 overs in Johannesburg.

England haven't sent down so many overs in an Ashes innings since 1993.