Eng­land call up Cur­ran for West Indies se­ries

New Straits Times - - Sport -

Sur­rey fast bowler Tom Cur­ran has been added to Eng­land’s one-day squad for their one-day in­ter­na­tional se­ries in the West Indies, it was an­nounced on Tues­day.

The un­capped 21-year-old will head to the Caribbean as backup for Jake Ball, who in­jured his right knee in Eng­land’s warmup vic­tory over the WICB Pres­i­dent’s XI in St Kitts on Mon­day.

His se­lec­tion means Cur­ran will have to make a long trip from Sri Lanka, where he had been play­ing for the sec­ond-string Eng­land Lions, to An­tigua — where Eng­land be­gin a three-match ODI se­ries against the West Indies to­mor­row.

Cur­ran has taken 10 wick­ets in the Lions’ two four-day matches against Sri Lanka A at an av­er­age of un­der than 19, with Eng­land se­lec­tor An­gus Fraser — him­self a for­mer Test fast-medium bowler — look­ing on from the bound­ary.

“It’s all pretty sur­real right now,” said Cur­ran in an Eng­land and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) state­ment be­fore leav­ing the Lions ho­tel near Dam­bulla on Tues­day.

“But I’m giddy, I can’t wait to get out there.”

Cur­ran, whose brother Sam also plays for Sur­rey, is a son of the late for­mer Zim­babwe all-rounder Kevin Cur­ran, who rep­re­sented both Glouces­ter­shire and Northamp­ton­shire in English county cricket.

Born in South Africa and ini­tially ed­u­cated in Dur­ban, Tom Cur­ran was spot­ted by for­mer Sur­rey cap­tain Ian Greig while play­ing schools cricket.

He was in­vited to play Sec­ond XI cricket for Sur­rey in 2012 and qual­i­fied to rep­re­sent Eng­land last year.

Tom Cur­ran

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