If Sam Curran could bat a bit better or bowl a bit better, he would definitely be a good addition to the England team.
If that sounds dismissive, it’s only because it made for a better opening sentence. Scurran is close. He’s just not quite there.
- Swings it
- Only 5ft9in – (if all the other bowlers are 6ft-plus, this provides variety)
- Bats a bit
- The usual fast-medium sort of pace
- Doesn’t have a spectacularly good career record (but it’s very good this season (but that comes with the obligatory early season asterisk (although The Oval has been less seamer friendly than most grounds)))
- Only bats a bit
If Sam Curran plays instead of Ben Stokes, England’s batting becomes a hollow nightmarish thing.
If he plays instead of Mark Wood, the attack starts to look a bit fast-medium (but at least they’d have a left-armer).
We guess his opportunity could be instead of Dom Bess if Stokes can’t bowl and England want four seamers. But that scenario would mean England aren’t playing a spinner.
All in all, we’d quite like him to play but don’t like any of the circumstances in which he would play.