‘Adaptable’ Sam Curran embraces multi-purpose role at England with ‘open mind’

Sam Curran was dominated out of final yr’s T20 World Cup by way of harm two weeks earlier than the event started, and he isn’t taking his involvement within the 2022 version in Australia as a right.

Curran was solely a peripheral member of the limited-overs set-up when England picked their 50-over squad in 2019 and suffered a lower-back stress fracture whereas taking part in within the IPL within the build-up to final yr’s event within the UAE.

Simply over a month earlier than their first recreation of the 2022 version, in opposition to Afghanistan on October 22, he’s anxious to not put the mockers on himself. “I do not truly need to discuss it an excessive amount of,” he stated, laughing, when requested about taking part in in a World Cup for the primary time.

“I missed the final one. I have to get by way of this collection after which hopefully, once I’m in Australia, I will be enthusiastic about it. The most important factor this summer time was getting my physique by way of it… the precedence now’s the World Cup.”

Curran spent the English summer time specializing in white-ball cricket, working carefully with Surrey and England’s medical groups to ease him again from harm. He made 5 Championship appearances however with restrictions on his workload – he bowled simply 41 overs – and determined with the ECB in August to give attention to short-form cricket forward of the World Cup.

“I did not bowl a lot for Surrey in any respect,” he stated. “Probably the most I bowled in a recreation was 20 overs [24] and it felt just like the smart choice. The Check workforce have been flying on the time so my focus was purely on the World Cup and making an attempt to have a great Hundred, to maintain performing and to get my physique proper.”

Curran has not performed Check cricket in over a yr however a robust T20I tour to Pakistan would put him within the body for the three-match collection right here in December. “I am nonetheless fairly younger so I need to play as a lot as I can,” he stated.

“You’ve got seen guys who’re selecting to relaxation in sure intervals as a result of there may be numerous cricket. For me proper now, coming off a six-month lay-off with harm, I need to play all codecs if I can.”

He was used up the order in short-form cricket this season, first by Surrey within the Blast after which by Oval Invincibles within the Hundred, however England’s top-order logjam means that he’s extra prone to are available as a finisher in the course of the World Cup.

“I am making an attempt to be as adaptable as attainable. I am positive there’s going to be plenty of rotation: guys getting back from harm, newer guys coming in. My function would possibly fluctuate as guys come again or guys are available. The function I am given is simply to contribute with the ball once I bowl and once I’m batting.

“That could be decrease down the order right here however I assume it is about adapting to circumstances. I do not give it some thought an excessive amount of at Surrey or within the Hundred as a result of I had fairly set roles however with England, naturally I do as a result of we have so many allrounders who will be adaptable.

“I’d get despatched up as a floater to tackle various kinds of bowlers. Every time I do play for England, I play with an open thoughts. You do not simply need to be a cricketer whose set for one function which I believe is one in every of my strengths: to be as adaptable [as possible] for the captain and for guys within the workforce.”

It’s four-and-a-half years since Curran made his worldwide debut in opposition to Pakistan and he’s trying ahead to taking part in in opposition to some acquainted faces on his first journey to the nation. “Many of the Pakistan guys I do know,” he stated. “I performed in opposition to a number of of them on the Beneath-19 World Cup, like Shadab [Khan]. He is a incredible participant.

“This can be a nice likelihood for myself and most of our gamers – even guys that are not within the World Cup squad – to stake a declare, preserve flattening the door; but additionally simply to be right here, be concerned with a fairly historic journey to Pakistan and take all of it in.”

Matt Curler is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98

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