England coach Thorpe challenges Sam Curran to become world class

England coach Graham Thorpe challenges Sam Curran to become a world class cricketer after his five-wicket haul for against Sri Lanka as he admits the Surrey all-rounder has ‘progressed really well’ in Twenty20

  • Sam Curran has been praised by England stand-in coach Graham Thorpe  
  • Curran was player of the match against Sri Lanka after his first five-wicket haul 
  • Thorpe hailed his progress in T20 cricket but wants him to become world class 

Graham Thorpe has urged Sam Curran to turn himself into a world-class all-format cricketer after collecting his first five-wicket haul for England.

Curran was player of the match as Sri Lanka were brushed aside by eight wickets in the second one-day international at The Oval, but England want him to take the next step up – and make a regular impact at Test level too.

Since first playing for his country in 2018, he has featured in fits and starts across the formats, while 21 Test caps have produced a batting average of 25 (but no hundred) and a bowling average of 32 (but no five-for). His five for 48 on Thursday night lifted his ODI tally to 12 wickets in 10 games.

Sam Curran (L) has been urged to push on and become world class by England coach Graham Thorpe (R) after his display v Sri Lanka

‘His T20 cricket has progressed really well,’ said Thorpe, who has been standing in as coach to give Chris Silverwood a breather. ‘Establishing himself as a 50-over player for us is really important, and he’s got to try and be in the mix as well for Test cricket.

‘It sounds like quite a lot of cricket. As you know with someone like Ben Stokes, the amount of work and fitness levels required for that is huge. 

‘That’s ultimately still the challenge for Sam, to be a multi-format cricketer and deliver that consistency for England time and time again.’

Curran was player of the match against Sri Lanka but England hope he can take the next step

Sussex left-arm quick George Garton could make his international debut at Bristol, as England look to wrap up a 3-0 whitewash.

‘We know he’s got a bit of pace on him, but he’s also got some good tricks up his sleeve – slower balls, and a decent bouncer,’ said Thorpe. 

‘It’s one thing seeing it at a county level, but it’s another thing stepping up and doing it in international matches as well.’

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