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The Ashes 2017-18: I'll Give my 100 Percent says Tom Curran
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The Ashes 2017-18: I’ll Give my 100 Percent says Tom Curran

Called in as a replacement for an injured Steve Finn, the right-arm fast bowler tom Curran is ready to give his all if he gets an opportunity in the upcoming Magellan Ashes Test series. Curran reached Adelaide earlier today, just three days after getting a call-up.

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Curran earns maiden Test call-up. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The 22-year-old Curran, who hasn’t featured for England yet might get some playing time in England’s third and final warm-up game after another pace Jake ball sustained an injury on his right ankle during the ongoing day-night fixture against Cricket Australia XI.
Talking about being picked up for an Ashes Test, the young seamer remarked:

“Definitely, I just landed this morning, but whatever I’m asked I’ll give it 100 percent. It’s happened a lot quicker than I would have expected, with a couple of injuries, but that’s professional sport – you get your go, and it’s about taking it. That’s my plan.”

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Tom Curran. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

Curran has grown up only playing cricket as his elder brother Sam Curran is a player of County club Surrey and his father Kevin Curran was an ex-Zimbabwe, Northamptonshire and Gloucestershire all-rounder. Curran was scheduled to fly to Australia next month for the Big Bash League to play for Hobart Hurricanes.

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“This is as big as it gets. Being involved in an Ashes series is what I have dreamed of since I was a kid and it’s a great opportunity for me. I can’t wait to get amongst it. I’m overwhelmed with emotion, and it’s a very proud day for both me and my family,” a delighted Curran stated while talking about his call-up.

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Curran had an amazing 48 hours of getting aware of his call; however, he looked calm and alerted when he landed.

“I was having a little sleep, woke up to two missed calls – and there’s been a lot happening since then. I was supposed to be going to the Twenty20 tournament in South Africa – so when that got canceled I pretty much had some time to train in England before coming out here to play in the Big Bash. It looks like the Big Bash is off for me now. Playing in that would have been a great experience, but it doesn’t get bigger than playing in Ashes series,” he signed off.

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Curran earn maiden Test call-up. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Ashes 2017-18: Tom Curran Replaces Injured Steven Finn; ECB Boss awaits Police Investigation

Hours after England lanky fast bowler Steve Finn had been ruled out of the eagerly-awaited Ashes 2017-18 due to the knee injury, the promising youngster and Cape Town-born Tom Curran have been called in as the timelier replacement.

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Skipper Joe Root has massive responsibility on his shoulders. Photo Credit. Getty Images.

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Dealt with the major blow during the impending traditional series, the England Cricket Board (ECB) banked on the 22-year-old rookie fast bowler as Finn would be flown home owing to the rehabilitation programme.

Interestingly, within 24 hours, the right-arm paceman Curran, who represented Surrey, will land in Perth in a bid to kick off the preparations for the Ashes.

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Curran to fly Australia for Ashes. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Moreover, Curran played three Twenty20 internationals and a solitary One-day International for the Three Lions after making his debut against South Africa in June 2017.

Earlier, England has already availed the three debutants, as Curran joined as the fourth as we are little over two weeks away until the start of the first Test in Brisbane on November.

Curran played 51 first-class games in which he bagged 171 wickets at the average of 29.14

Following the controversy, the 28-year-old Finn replaced under investigation Ben Stokes when England’s 16-member Ashes squad was announced in the last week of September when Durham-star was inducted in the squad.

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Finn will be observed by specialists back home. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The Watford-born right-arm Finn played 36 Tests for England in which he bagged 125 wickets at the bowling average of 30.40.

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On the other side, England chief Tom Harrison revealed the decision regarding Stokes would be taken after the Avon and Somerset police will complete its investigation regarding the street-fight which left the 27-year-old Ryan Hale with a facial injury.

The 26-year-old Stokes was allegedly charged with bodily harm in the wee-hour fracas with three men on September 25.

“There’s a process with the police and then a disciplinary process. As you’ll appreciate, these things take time and that’s the pattern we’re in at the moment,” Harrison was quoted as saying by AAP.

With the decision to decide the fate of Stokes this week, Harrison reiterated they are looking forward to the verdict while adding the board is in touch with the police.

“What happened was wrong, there’s no question about that,” Harrison maintained.

Harrison went on to say they are not expecting such unfortunate incidents when a player is on duty with the national side as a professional and law will take its course.

“You don’t want to see your sport in that position and there are consequences of that. We’re in a holding pattern at the minute,” Harrison asserted.

Harrison is concluding by remarking that the players are being instructed and informed to maintain the credibility and he believes Stokes’ case is more sort of a complicated one.

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Tom Curran. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

ENG vs WI 2017: Tom Curran Ready to Face Challenging Chris Gayle

The right-arm fast bowler Tom Curran is hopeful to come up good against Windies star batsman Chris Gayle in the One-day International series, as he is further aiming to make his debut in the format to set up the mark in the limited-overs set-up.

“It’s great to see the West Indies with all their big guns back and it’s a challenge I can’t wait to take on,” Curran was quoted as saying by Daily Mail Online.

The Cape Town-born Curran was competing with wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow in the musical challenge while playing the steel drum during the event of Royal London.

However, the explosive Gayle, who is making his return to the limited-overs’ series is equally prepared to face the rookie pace bowler in the impending Royal London series. In the head-to-head contest, Surrey-based played Curran is looking forward to doing well in limited-overs cricket, before setting his eye on the longer version of the game.

“It’s something as players we’re excited about because you want to be playing and challenging yourself against the best players in the world,” Curran maintained.

Holding no fear for the bowler, Gayle, who returned to the ODI fold, would be aiming to make most of the opportunity given by Windies Cricket Board’s (WCB) national selectors alongside Marlon Samuels. To leave an impact, Curran stated it is a hard task to perform at the elite-stage of the international game.

Interestingly, Curran claimed the prized scalp of Gayle when the left-handed opening batsman was the part of English County Club Somerset in June 2016.

“We dropped deep square back and I bowled him a bumper and he top-edged it. So hopefully we can do that again,” Curran recalled the moment of the NatWest Twenty20 Blast.

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The promising prospect wants to repeat the same play against the celebrated limited-overs player for the Caribbean side. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

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Focusing on his basics, Curran revealed he would feel contended after doing well against the top-notch players with the ball, as he has shown such promise while featuring in the two Twenty20 Internationals against South Africa a couple of months back.

“At the end of the day, it’s my skills about theirs, whoever is batting. When you do well against the best players, that’s when you get the most satisfaction,” Curran asserted.

Curran claimed two wickets on his international debut in a T20 at Taunton, before bagging five wickets in overall games while donning England colours.

“I was nervous as it’s a big step up but when I got out there and started playing, it was just going back to my skills,” Curran further added.

While talking in the context of the game, Gayle would be a massive threat for the bowlers and Curran is pretty much aware of the fact.

“Representing England at any format is a huge honour. A lot of players get a start in one format and if that goes well, it’s their way into other formats,” Curran concluded.

Curran has been roped in by the Global League T20 franchise Cape Town Knight Riders followed by Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League. England is scheduled to play one-off Twenty20 international followed by five-match One-day internationals, as the limited-overs series will kick start from September 16 (Saturday).

In the domestic set-up, Curran has played 52 List A matches in which he bagged 78 wickets at an average of 26.82.

Tom Curran has been called in for injured Jake Ball for West Indies tour.

West Indies vs England 2017: Surrey’s Tom Curran Roped In For Injured Jake Ball

England have roped in uncapped Surrey seamer Tom Curran as a replacement for the injured Jake Ball for the limited-overs series against the West Indies.

As per the Guardian, Ball injured his knee while playing in the second practice match against West Indies Board XI in St. Kitts. England won the close encounter by two wickets and finished their tour games on a high.

Off the two Curran brothers, the elder one has got the call, his maiden call though after he bagged 10 wickets in the drawn two-match first-class series against Sri Lanka A, where the selector Angus Fraser was present.

Injuries have run parallel to England’s limited-overs outfit for a while now. During the second ODI against India in Cuttack, opener Alex Hales suffered a broken finger but has now made a comeback to the side after being cleared in the recent scans.

Jake Ball, the Nottinghamshire bowler, made his debut against Bangladesh in ODIs last year and took a five-wicket haul, becoming the first Englishmen to do so.

England and the West Indies will play their first of their three ODIs in Antigua on March 3.