Crane ready to make England debut if called upon

Mason Crane has vowed to be ready if called upon to make his England debut in the fourth Ashes Test.

With Australia having already wrapped up the series victory after wins in the opening three matches, England will be playing for pride in Melbourne.

But leg-spinner Crane is relishing the opportunity to potentially make his Test bow as Craig Overton struggles with a hairline fracture of the rib.

"I'll be preparing as if I'm going to play," Crane told BBC Sport. "I'm excited. A lot of hard work has gone into it. Hopefully it can be the start of a long journey.

"I've not heard anything about if I'll play. I have to get my head around it."

Despite not featuring in the series so far, Crane knows what to expect having experienced the atmosphere as 12th man.

"The verbals going on in this series, I've never seen the like before," he added. "It's not necessarily bad, it's just very different.

"Walking around the boundary is tough. If a bowler wants a drink on the far side of the ground, we're drawing straws.

"I'm not sure much of what is said can be repeated, it's not for families. You just laugh it off."

Hampshire's Crane has taken one wicket for 62 runs from two appearances for England in Twenty20 internationals.

The fourth Test gets under way at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Tuesday.

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