Tom Curran (Image courtesy: Getty)
Tom Curran (Image courtesy: Getty)

Tom Curran is expected to make ODI debut for England if he is picked in the starting XI next week. The Surrey pacer has represented England in 2 T20Is so far and has already set his eyes on the ODI cap. He is ready to grab on to the chance when an opportunity comes by. ALSO READ: Tom Curran expresses his desire and need for speed

“If I am selected, I’ll be ready to take my chance. Representing England is a huge honour, and often players get a go in one format and, if they go well, that’s their way into other formats. So if my way into other formats is starting with T20, that’s a challenge and something I’m excited about,” Curran was quoted as saying in Cricbuzz.

Making his debut against the country of his birth, South Africa, in June, the pacer impressed with a 3-for. He has picked 5 wickets from 2 T20Is. Curran recalled, “I was very pleased to get out there. Before the first T20, I was very nervous but in the second I felt a lot more at home. It was a big step up, but it was more about the hype, the amount of messages you get, and other people saying how big it was. Once I got out there, I just got back to my skills and what I was doing for Surrey, because I have been very pleased with the white-ball stuff this season.”

Born and brought up in Cape Town, Curran is the son of Zimbabwean great Kevin Curran, widely known for his heroics in the Tunbridge Wells 1983 World Cup game where Kapil Dev starred with 175 not out. Kevin picked 3 wickets and slammed a fifty too. Curran takes pride as a death bowler.

“Two years ago, I set myself the target of bowling at the death for Surrey with Jade [Dernbach]. We pride ourselves on closing out innings, and I got satisfaction from defending games, winning at the end, keeping opposition batters to below-par scores. It’s one of the hardest things to do and arguably one of the most valuable assets to a bowler, being the best death bowler. I set that as a target for myself as a bowler – to practise yorkers, keeping working on slower balls, it makes it hard for the batter to line you up and clear the ropes at the end of an innings, and that makes a massive difference to the side.

“Everything now is in favour of the batters, you have to face facts that you are going to get hit some days, but if I’m clear at the top of my mark that I’ve done my work leading up to the game and commit to my skill 100%, more often than not it will come off and I’ll be successful,” Curran added.

Curran’s death bowling skills have opened avenues for him in lucrative T20 leagues around the world. He has been picked up by the Cape Town Knight Riders in Global T20, and for the Hobart Hurricanes in the BBL Representing Cape Town will be a sort of homecoming for the 22 year-old.

“It’s a very exciting winter, and obviously depending on what happens with [England's] white-ball squads, that’ll be in the plan too. Whether people like it or not, they’ve got to face facts. This is where a big part of the game is going. Test cricket for the players is still the ultimate, but these tournaments, you can’t hide from them. They are taking off, they are getting massive. I’ve only played two T20s and now I could be taking off to South Africa to be one of the big T20 tournaments, and then the Big Bash which is the biggest. It shows how quickly things can happen. It’s exciting, I can’t wait. When it comes to the IPL, I’ll cross that bridge when it comes, but the sky’s the limit. It’s exciting. It’s small steps now, but I’ll look to dominate both leagues and see what will be.”

England players continue to earn big bucks in T20 leagues. Earlier this year, Ben Stokes and Tymal Mills earned fat cheques in the IPL auction. The ODI series starts on Tuesday, September 19.