‘Refreshed’ allrounder looking to use CSK experience in England’s T20I series in India

Sam Curran has described himself as “refreshed and raring to go” after rejoining England’s tour of India for the white-ball leg following a pre-arranged period of rest. Amid continued talk about player rotation, Curran backed the ECB’s policy as a way of combating potential burnout due to the effects of prolonged time in biosecure bubbles – though admitted he had not given much thought to the possibility of sitting out the Ashes in Australia next winter.

Curran is one of several multi-format England players who have been given time off since January, flying home after playing two Tests in Sri Lanka. He had initially been due to return in time to be considered for the fourth Test against India, but encountered difficulties in making the journey alone due to considerations around social distancing and Covid-19.

Instead, he arrived with the rest of the white-ball squad on February 26, to complete a period in quarantine ahead of five T20Is in Ahmedabad, starting on Friday. Curran has a Test central contract with the ECB, but is pushing for a more regular starting role in the T20I side ahead of the World Cup later this year.

“There’s been a lot of stuff spoken about rotation,” he said. “I think as a player, I’ve found it beneficial. The bubbles are tough from a player’s perspective, being away for long periods. Coming back after my break, I do really refreshed and raring to go for this white-ball series. I think it is going to be a great series. Various players have had breaks so I’m sure guys might say similar things. Everyone reacts to the bubbles in very different ways so that’s why I think the ECB have been good to us as players to allow us to get out and come back. It’s about keeping us mentally and physically fresh. I certainly appreciate the break I was given.”