Dynamic English all-rounder, Sam Curran is rested from the first half of the forthcoming 4-match Test series against India. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has rested three of their key players in Sam Curran, Jonny Bairstow, and Mark Wood for the first two Tests in Chennai against India. Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, and Rory Burns replace these three players.
This decision comes in line with ECB’s policy to rotate and rest players, especially those who play all the formats, keeping in mind their busy cricket schedule. The Three Lions are supposed to play 17 Tests – including series against India, both home and away, and an Ashes in Australia – in a 12-month period. They will also be playing a host of limited-over matches to prepare for the T20 World Cup later in the year.
Sam Curran played in the recent Test series in Sri Lanka, which Joe Root’s side won by 2-0. The left-arm bowling all-rounder couldn’t contribute much to England’s clean sweep over the hosts as the conditions were not much to his favour. According to a report in the Times of India, Curran has returned to England and is expected to fly to India on 11th February.
The first couple of Tests will be played in Chennai commencing from 5th February, and the last two Tests are slated to be played in Ahmedabad from 24th of the same month.
I have some great memories of the 2018 series against India: Sam Curran
Sam Curran had a great series against India at home. His brilliant all-round performance, in what was only his second series, earned him the Man of the Series award. The diminutive cricketer scored 272 runs at a brisk strike rate of 62.39 and snared 11 Indian wickets.
The 22-year-old has grown leaps and bounds in stature – he played all the matches in England’s triumphant series in South Africa – and is giving a tough competition to the likes of Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali.
“Personally, I do have some great memories from that series. It was my first real taste of international cricket. It does seem quite a long time ago now but I’ve definitely got that in my mind to give me confidence. But I’m always looking ahead. If given the opportunity to play Test cricket in India it will be amazing, and hopefully I can contribute to the team,” Sam Curran told Times of India.