The bit af­ter miss­ing out ear­lier this year

The Cricket Paper - - NEWS - Tom Cur­ran was speak­ing on be­half of Royal Lon­don, proud spon­sors of One Day cricket, ahead of the up­com­ing ODI Se­ries v West Indies.

co­in­ci­dence for most, for Cur­ran it is the cul­mi­na­tion of care­ful plan­ning months in the mak­ing.

“I flew out to the West Indies to join up with the guys be­fore the sea­son and I didn’t get to play, but I al­ways knew these ODIs were com­ing and that was what I tar­geted,” he said.

“I was dis­ap­pointed to miss out in March but it was nice to be a part of that en­vi­ron­ment and get a taste for it, and I def­i­nitely left there hun­gry.

“I felt very com­fort­able there, I left want­ing more and I knew that if I could keep work­ing and put in those per­for­mances then a re­ward like this may be around the cor­ner.

“I’m ex­cited, I’ve put in the work and if I get given the go, hope­fully I’ll take it.”

From the out­side, a lack of con­fi­dence may seem be­yond the psy­che of the right-armer.

Yet scratch a lit­tle deeper and you’ll find Cur­ran des­per­ate and de­ter­mined in equal mea­sure, still pos­sess­ing the child-like cheek and charm that saw him wake younger brother Sam at 7am to break the news of his win­ter call-up.

If in­ter­na­tional cricket is any­thing to go by so far – boast­ing T20 fig­ures of 3-33 and 2-22 – then Tom is set to be just fine.

But rather than be over­awed or giddy for the big oc­ca­sion, the Dur­ban-born quick is con­fi­dent this is the mo­ment he can shine bright­est of all, hop­ing to prove his worth when Chris Gayle and co. come to town. “You want to be play­ing against the best, I want to be able to chal­lenge my­self against those top play­ers in the world and it’s an ex­cit­ing chance,” he added.

“I’ve been able to do that in the T20s, and that was a re­lief as much as any­thing.

“I had a lot of nerves be­fore that day, but once I got out there and started play­ing, par­tic­u­larly in that sec­ond game, I was re­ally able to en­joy the oc­ca­sion.

“I got a lot from those games and the way I felt about my­self, and be­ing able to carry that into the Eng­land games, made a mas­sive dif­fer­ence.”

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