Eng­land’s Cur­ran has one eye on World Cup count­down

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - SPORT - RORY DOL­LARD

THE World Cup may be al­most eight months away, but Eng­land seamer Tom Cur­ran be­lieves the count­down be­gins in Sri Lanka this week.

The 2019 tour­na­ment has been a long-term pri­or­ity for the Eng­land and Wales Cricket Board and there are now just three one­day se­ries to fi­nalise four years of prepa­ra­tions.

This leaves a max­i­mum of 15 matches for play­ers, like Cur­ran, who are still look­ing to ce­ment a place in the ICC’s top-ranked side. The first of those takes place in Dam­bulla on Wed­nes­day and the wider con­text is un­avoid­able for those in­volved.

“You try not to think too far ahead, but it’s hard not to think about the World Cup next year,” said the 23-year-old.

“It’s about tak­ing small steps, con­cen­trat­ing on one game at a time, but with one small eye on the World Cup. It’s a great event for ev­ery­one in­volved.

“Now it’s about mak­ing it per­ma­nent so that I am one of the first bowlers on the teamsheet. That’s my goal and I’m try­ing hard for that.”

Cur­ran did not fea­ture in Eng­land’s warm-up vic­tory over a Sri Lankan Board XI, but was pen­cilled in for a se­cond tour match that was aban­doned with­out a ball bowled due to thun­der­storms in Colombo.

Vi­o­lent down­pours fol­lowed the tourists as they trav­elled to the is­land’s for­est re­gion and cabin fever could be a prob­lem if con­di­tions do not re­lent to al­low the squad some mid­dle prac­tice in the next 48 hours.

“This is end-of-the -world type rain, noth­ing like the rain back home,” said Cur­ran.

“It’s not ideal, but we flew over off the back of a full sum­mer of play­ing, so we’re not short of game time.”

Cur­ran has not played for his coun­try since the New Zealand tour in March, with a side in­jury forc­ing his with­drawal from the lim­ited-overs meet­ings against In­dia on home soil.

He has played eight ODIs since his de­but last year, with a fivewicket haul against Aus­tralia in Perth the clear high­light, but there is a queue form­ing for the fi­nal place in the bowl­ing line-up.

Olly Stone, Liam Daw­son and Cur­ran’s younger brother Sam are all vy­ing for the shirt, while Liam Plun­kett is due to re­join the squad for the last two games af­ter be­ing granted time off to get mar­ried.

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