Curran motivated by the desire to play


England fast bowler Tom Curran admitted to feeling frustrated sitting on the sidelines during the ODI series against Australia.

Curran came into the XI for the fifth and final ODI against Australia in Perth and took five wickets as England won by 12 runs.

The Surrey man has a tough task ahead of him if he is to nail down a place in England’s best XI with the likes of Mark Wood, Liam Plunkett and Chris Woakes around but he isn’t happy sitting in the changeroom.

Curran said after his man of the match performance on Sunday: “It is very frustrating, but that’s a great place to be as a side.

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When reflecting on his tour of Australia which included an Ashes debut Curran described the experience as a rollercoaster.

He said: “It’s been crazy, really.

“It’s been a rollercoaster, but that’s what happens. I’m just trying to take it all in, been an unbelievable couple of months.”

Curran bagged career best ODI figures of 5 for 35 and is happy that his time spent training has paid off in a pressure situation.

He added: “That’s why we train as players, you want to be asked to perform in the big moments and involved when it can go either way. That’s when you get the most satisfaction. What a stadium, what a day and what a team to be a part of.”

England’s next assignment is the trans-Tasman T20I series involving Australia and New Zealand.