Sam Curran

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Sam Curran
Personal information
Full nameSamuel Matthew Curran
Born (1998-06-03) 3 June 1998 (age 21)
Northampton, Northamptonshire, England
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
BowlingLeft-arm medium-fast
RelationsKP Curran (grandfather)
KM Curran (father)
TK Curran (brother)
BJ Curran (brother)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 686)1 June 2018 v Pakistan
Last Test24 January 2020 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 250)24 June 2018 v Australia
Last ODI23 October 2018 v Sri Lanka
T20I debut (cap 87)1 November 2019 v New Zealand
Last T20I10 November 2019 v New Zealand
Domestic team information
2015–presentSurrey (squad no. 58)
2017Auckland Aces
2019Kings XI Punjab
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 14 2 63 51
Runs scored 610 17 2,492 597
Batting average 29.04 8.50 29.87 20.58
100s/50s 0/3 0/0 0/18 0/1
Top score 78 15 96 57
Balls bowled 1,744 72 9,144 2,292
Wickets 32 2 178 68
Bowling average 29.87 45.00 28.79 31.30
5 wickets in innings 0 0 7 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 1 0
Best bowling 4/58 2/44 7/58 4/32
Catches/stumpings 2/– 0/– 16/– 20/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 24 January 2020

Samuel Matthew Curran (born 3 June 1998) is an English cricketer, who plays for Surrey 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] In April 2019, he became the youngest bowler to take a hat-trick in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match, at the age of 20.[3][4]

Early life and education[edit]

Curran was born in Northampton, the youngest son of former Zimbabwe international cricketer Kevin 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.[5] He grew up on the family farm in Rusape before the family left the farm during a period of land reform in 2004.[6][7]

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.[8] He was described by Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart as "the best 17-year-old cricketer that I have seen".[9]

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.[10] He made his first-class debut in a County Championship fixture against Kent at The Oval on 13 July 2015.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13] 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).[14][15] 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.[16] 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 . He also scored a quick fifty of just 23 balls against Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2019 Indian Premier League.[17][18][19] He was released by the Kings XI Punjab ahead of the 2020 IPL auction.[20] In the 2020 IPL auction, he was bought by the Chennai Super Kings ahead of the 2020 Indian Premier League.[21]

International career[edit]

Curran represented Zimbabwe Under-13s at the 2011–12 CSA Under-13 Week tournament.[22]

He represented England Under-19s at the 2016 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup,[23] 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,[24] 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.[25] He made his Test debut at Headingley on 1 June 2018.[26] Curran scored 20 in England's only innings, and returned match figures of 2/43.[27]

On 24 June 2018, he made his One Day International debut against Australia.[28]

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,[29] and scored 63 in England's second innings, and was awarded Player of the Match.[30] After being omitted from the England team for the third Test, he returned in place of the injured Chris Woakes at the Ageas Bowl, where he top scored in England's first innings with 78.[31] 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.[32] He was named Cricket Writers' Club Young Cricketer of the Year for his performances in the 2018 season.[33]

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.[34] He played in the final Test of England's home series against Australia in September 2019, taking three wickets in Australia's first innings.[35] Later that month he was named in England's Test and Twenty20 International (T20I) squads for their series against New Zealand.[36] He made his T20I debut for England, against New Zealand, on 1 November 2019.[37]


  1. ^ "2018 lookback – the breakout stars (men)". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  2. ^ Five Cricketers of the Year: Sam Curran. Wisden Cricketers' Almanack: 2019. p. 93.
  3. ^ "From Sam Curran's record hat-trick to Delhi's insane collapse - Here are all stats from KXIP vs DC match | Cricket News". Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  4. ^ "IPL: Sam Curran hat-trick inspires Kings XI Punjab win". 1 April 2019. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Sam Curran". CricketArchive.
  6. ^ "Ashes diary: the Currans, the Marshes and their family ties". The Times.
  7. ^ Veera S (2018) Godfather Allan Lamb gets goosebumps: ‘Wish Kevin Curran was alive to see Sam Curran today’, Indian Express, 3 August 2018. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  8. ^ "Surrey Premier League Matches played by Sam Curran". CricketArchive.
  9. ^ "Curran starlets in trim for Lord's challenge". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  10. ^ "Surrey v Kent, NatWest T20 Blast 2015 (South Division)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  11. ^ "Surrey v Kent, LV County Championship 2015 (Division 2)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  12. ^ "Sam Curran". ESPNcricinfo.
  13. ^ "Twenty20 Matches played by Sam Curran". CricketArchive.
  14. ^ "IPL 2019 auction: The list of sold and unsold players". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  15. ^ "IPL 2019 Auction: Who got whom". The Times of India. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  16. ^ "Indian Premier League 2019: Players to watch". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  17. ^ "IPL 2019: Kings XI Punjab's Sam Curran claims first hat-trick of the season - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  18. ^ "Shreyas Iyer 'speechless' as Sam Curran seizes win with unnoticed hat-trick". ESPNcricinfo. 1 April 2019. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  19. ^ "Hoping in a squad for the World Cup: Curran".
  20. ^ "Where do the eight franchises stand before the 2020 auction?". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  21. ^ "IPL auction analysis: Do the eight teams have their best XIs in place?". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  22. ^ "Miscellaneous Matches played by Sam Curran". CricketArchive.
  23. ^ "England Under-19s Squad". ESPNcricinfo.
  24. ^ "Sam Curran joins brother Tom in T20 squad". ESPNcricinfo.
  25. ^ "Sam Curran called up as cover for Ben Stokes after hamstring scare". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  26. ^ "2nd Test, Pakistan tour of Ireland, England and Scotland at Leeds, Jun 1-5 2018 | Match Report | ESPNCricinfo". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  27. ^ "England v Pakistan: Sam Curran takes first Test wicket as tourists all out for 174". 1 June 2018 – via
  28. ^ "Breathtaking Buttler secures England their whitewash in one-wicket thriller". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  29. ^ "Sam Curran blows away India's top three". CricBuzz. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  30. ^ "1st Test, India tour of Ireland and England at Birmingham, Aug 1-4 2018". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  31. ^ "4th Test, India tour of Ireland and England at Southampton, Aug 30 - Sep 2 2018". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  32. ^ "5th Test, India tour of Ireland and England at London, Sep 7-11 2018". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  33. ^ "Surrey: Burns, Curran and Sciver honoured in clean sweep at Writers' Awards". BBC. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  34. ^ "Cricket Records | Records | England in Sri Lanka Test Series, 2018/19 - England | | Batting and bowling averages | ESPNcricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  35. ^ "Full Scorecard of England vs Australia 5th Test 2019". Cricinfo. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  36. ^ "Bairstow dropped from England Test squad for New Zealand series". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  37. ^ "1st T20I, England tour of New Zealand at Christchurch, Nov 1 2019". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 November 2019.

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