England and Hampshire spinner, Mason Crane, got ruled out of the season with a stress fracture in his back. The injury is not new to Crane, as he had also missed the New Zealand tour for the same reason.

The Curse continues for Crane

The leggie also had to play the Royal London One-Day Cup final against Kent after taking painkillers. Mason finished the game with one for 53, helping Hampshire win the game by 61 runs.

Crane expressed his disappointment over the injury.

“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, “ he added.

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.”

Mason Crane made his Test debut early this year in the Sydney Ashes Test. He has also played two T20Is.

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