Tom Curran
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Pacer Tom Curran is targeting to become one of the first names on the England teamsheet as he has set his sights on the ICC World Cup next year at home. Having spent the entire summer recovering from injury that saw him missing white-ball cricket for England, Curran is determined to become a permanent member of the ODI squad

England will play three one-day series ahead of the World Cup meaning the opportunities for Currant and others to stake his claim are limited.

“I came back from the IPL and picked up a couple of niggles when we were playing Australia so that was very frustrating but at the same time you get time to reflect and set goals,” he was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. “It’s hard to think too far ahead, but it’s [also] hard not to think of the World Cup so it will just be about small steps – get in the side for the first ODI, push on in this series, take that through to West Indies and then next summer.”

The 23-year-old Curran, since making ODI debut in September 2017, has played eight ODIs, picked up 12 wickets including a match-winning five-wicket haul against Australia at Perth.

“You get time to reflect and set goals. The five-wicket haul against Australia, it was a ‘right you can do it at this level’ moment. When you make your debut at this level obviously there are going to be nerves, it’s about doing it on this stage. Now it’s about making it permanent, trying to force my way into the side so that I am one of the first names on the teamsheet.”

If selected, Curran’s first audition for the World Cup spot will start from Wednesday when England face Sri Lanka in the first ODI of a five-match series in Dambulla. Torrential rain washed out England’s second one-day practice match in Colombo. They were greeted by rain as they arrived in Dambulla on Sunday.

But Curran isn’t dwelling too much on that saying England are equipped to face the conditions. “It’s not ideal but we’ve just come off the back of a full summer so it’s not like we are short of game time. We had a couple of good net sessions in that heat, it’s not ideal in terms of overs in the feet but it is what it is. I bowled for 45 minutes on one of the sessions which is just over six overs and it was tough but at the same time you do adapt. It won’t get worse than the first session,” he said.