Bayliss on Curran: He wants to be in the fight

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England coach Trevor Bayliss said that young allrounder Sam Curran will continue to improve as long as he maintains the competitive attitude that he currently has.

The 20-year-old Curran starred with both bat and ball as England celebrated their 1,000th Test with a 31-run win against India at Edgbaston.

The Surrey player, who was only playing in his second Test, took four wickets in the first innings and then scored a priceless maiden half-century to allow the hosts to set what turned out to be a winning target.

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Bayliss said the only problem he and England captain Joe Root faced in handling Curran was preventing him getting frustrated when not directly involved in the action.

Bayliss said of Curran: “He wants to be in the fight. They want the ball – they want to do the batting.

“When they haven’t got the ball or bat in their hands, they’re a little bit (agitated).”

England will look to go 2-0 up in the five-match series when t he second Test against India starts at Lord’s on Thursday.

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