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Crane to make Ashes debut as Woakes is ruled out

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Mason Crane will make his Ashes debut in the fifth and final Test in Sydney after Chris Woakes was ruled out due to injury.

The 20-year-old leg-spinner steps in after the key bowling all-rounder underwent scans for a side injury, having played little part in net practice on Tuesday afternoon.

Woakes, 28, a regular across all formats and part of the one-day international squad to face Australia after the end of the Ashes, suffered a torn side in the first match of England's Champions Trophy campaign six months ago.