Sam Curran

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Sam Curran
Personal information
Full nameSamuel Matthew Curran
Born (1998-06-03) 3 June 1998 (age 23)
Northampton, Northamptonshire, England
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
BattingLeft-handed
BowlingLeft-arm medium-fast
RoleAll-rounder
RelationsKevin Curran (grandfather)
Kevin Curran (father)
Tom Curran (brother)
Ben Curran (brother)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 686)1 June 2018 v Pakistan
Last Test22 January 2021 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 250)24 June 2018 v Australia
Last ODI4 July 2021 v Sri Lanka
ODI shirt no.58
T20I debut (cap 87)1 November 2019 v New Zealand
Last T20I26 June 2021 v Sri Lanka
T20I shirt no.58
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
2015–presentSurrey (squad no. 58)
2017Auckland Aces
2019Kings XI Punjab
2020–2021Chennai Super Kings
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 21 11 71 60
Runs scored 741 141 2,658 721
Batting average 25.55 28.20 27.68 22.53
100s/50s 0/3 0/1 0/18 0/2
Top score 78 95* 96 95*
Balls bowled 2,647 442 10,286 2,662
Wickets 44 12 197 78
Bowling average 32.52 35.83 29.25 31.65
5 wickets in innings 0 1 7 1
10 wickets in match 0 0 1 0
Best bowling 4/58 5/48 7/58 5/48
Catches/stumpings 4/– 2/– 18/– 22/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 10 July 2021

Samuel Matthew Curran (born 3 June 1998) is an English cricketer, who plays for Surrey County Cricket Club, and England. Curran is a left-handed batsman and left-arm medium-fast bowler. The International Cricket Council (ICC) named Curran as one of the five breakout stars in men's cricket in 2018,[1] and the 2019 edition of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack chose him as one of their five Cricketers of the Year.[2] He has represented the Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL).[3] In April 2019, he became the youngest bowler to take a hat-trick in an IPL match, at the age of 20.[4][5]

Early life and education[edit]

Sam Curran was born on 3 June 1998 in Northampton, England to former Zimbabwe international cricketer Kevin Curran and mother Sarah Curran. He is the brother of Surrey and England cricketer Tom Curran, and Northamptonshire cricketer Ben Curran. He was educated at Springvale House, Marondera, St. George's College, Harare, and Wellington College, Berkshire.[6] He grew up on the family farm in Rusape before the family left the farm during a period of land reform in 2004.[7][8]

Domestic and T20 career[edit]

Curran represented Surrey at Under-15, Under-17, and Second XI level. During the 2014 season he represented Weybridge in the Surrey Championship Premier Division.[9] He was described by Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart as "the best 17-year-old cricketer that I have seen".[10]

Curran made his senior debut in a Twenty20 match in the NatWest t20 Blast tournament against Kent at The Oval on 19 June 2015, aged 17 years and 16 days.[11] He made his first-class debut in a County Championship fixture against Kent at The Oval on 13 July 2015.[12] At the age of 17 years and 40 days he became Surrey's second youngest first-class cricketer in history after Tony Lock, who debuted exactly 69 years earlier at the age of 17 years and 8 days, also against Kent at The Oval. He returned figures of 5/101 in the first innings, and is believed to be the youngest-ever player to take five wickets in a County Championship match.[13] He made his List A debut in a Royal London One-Day Cup match against Northamptonshire at The Oval on Thursday 27 July 2015.

He was signed by Auckland Aces for the 2017–18 Super Smash.[14] In December 2018, he was bought by the Kings XI Punjab in the player auction for the 2019 Indian Premier League for 7.20 crore Rupees (US$1 million).[15][16] In March 2019, he was named as one of eight players to watch by the International Cricket Council (ICC) ahead of the 2019 Indian Premier League tournament.[17] In the 2019 Indian Premier League, he scored quickfire 20 runs as opener and took a hat-trick in his second match, against Delhi Capitals which helped Kings XI Punjab to win by 14 runs, earning him the player of the match award.[18] He also scored a quick fifty of just 23 balls against Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2019 Indian Premier League.[19][20][21] He was released by the Kings XI Punjab ahead of the 2020 IPL auction.[22] In the 2020 IPL auction, he was bought by the Chennai Super Kings ahead of the 2020 Indian Premier League.[23]

International career[edit]

Curran represented Zimbabwe Under-13s cricket team at the 2011–12 CSA Under-13 Week tournament.[24]

He represented England Under-19s at the 2016 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup,[25] where he played all six games, scoring 201 runs and taking seven wickets to help his team finish sixth. He was selected for the England Lions for their 2016–17 tour of the United Arab Emirates, and again for their match against South Africa A at Canterbury in the 2017 season.

Curran received his first senior call-up for England in January 2018 for the 2017-18 Trans-Tasman Tri-Series against Australia and New Zealand,[26] but did not play any games.

On 30 May 2018 he was added to the England Test squad ahead of the second Test against Pakistan, as cover for Ben Stokes.[27] He made his Test debut at Headingley on 1 June 2018.[28] Curran scored 20 in England's only innings, and returned match figures of 2/43.[29]

On 24 June 2018, he made his One Day International debut against Australia.[30]

Curran retained his place in the England squad for the Test series against India. In the first Test at Edgbaston he took 4/74 in the first innings, including the wickets of India's top three batsmen,[31] and scored 63 in England's second innings, and was awarded Player of the Match.[32] After being omitted from the England team for the third Test, he returned in place of the injured Chris Woakes at the Rose Bowl, where he top scored in England's first innings with 78.[33] Curran registered his first Test duck in the fifth Test at The Oval, but was named England's Player of the Series against India, having contributed 272 runs and 11 wickets in England's 4–1 series victory.[34] He was named Cricket Writers' Club Young Cricketer of the Year for his performances in the 2018 season.[35]

Curran played two Tests during England's tour of Sri Lanka in November 2018, scoring 112 runs at an average of 37.33, but only took a single wicket.[36] He played in the final Test of England's home series against Australia in September 2019, taking three wickets in Australia's first innings.[37] Later that month he was named in England's Test and Twenty20 International (T20I) squads for their series against New Zealand.[38] He made his T20I debut for England, against New Zealand, on 1 November 2019.[39]

Curran played two Tests in the 2019 England tour of the West Indies, making 50 runs in four innings and taking one wicket at an average of 161.[40] In the 2019 Test summer, Curran took 6 wickets at 16 and scored 87 runs at 21.8, in one Test against Ireland and the fifth Ashes Test.[41]

After playing only two tests in the summer, Curran played all six Tests of the 2019-20 winter tours of New Zealand and South Africa. In the two New Zealand Tests, Curran took 6 wickets at an average of 39.7 and made 40 in three innings. In South Africa, Curran made 130 runs in 7 innings, and took 10 wickets at an average of 32.6, which included career best figures of 4/58 in the first Test.[42][43]

On 29 May 2020, Curran was named in a 55-man group of players to begin training ahead of international fixtures starting in England following the COVID-19 pandemic.[44][45] On 17 June 2020, Curran was included in England's 30-man squad to start training behind closed doors for the Test series against the West Indies.[46][47] On 4 July 2020, Curran was named as one of the nine reserve players for the first Test match of the series.[48][49]

In the 2020 England summer, Curran played in one Test against the West Indies and one against Pakistan, scoring 17 in his only innings and taking 4 wickets at an average of 36.[50] Curran was included in the squad for England's 2021 tour of Sri Lanka.[51]

Curran then played in all 5 T20I matches, and all 3 ODI matches as part of England's 2021 winter tour of India. On 28 March 2021, in the final ODI match of the tour, Curran was awarded Player of the Match for scoring 95* in England's attempted run chase of 329 set by India. England lost the match by 7 runs.[52]

On 1 July 2021, in the second match against Sri Lanka, Curran took his first five-wicket haul in ODI cricket.[53]

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