England Test Cricket

Tom Curran Opts Out of Red-Ball Cricket to Focus on T20

Tom Curran Opts Out of Red-Ball Cricket to Focus on T20
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Tom Curran, the England and Surrey allrounder, has decided to give up red-ball cricket for his physical and mental well-being and to focus on limited-overs cricket.

The 27-year-old, who has two Test caps from the 2017-18 Ashes series and 61 first-class matches under his belt, has faced infrequent appearances in the longer format due to injuries, including a stress fracture in his lower back that ruled him out for the first four months of 2022.

Despite this, he played two first-class matches during Surrey’s successful 2022 County Championship campaign, including his maiden first-class century.

Curran’s focus on limited-overs cricket is in line with his career trajectory as a renowned franchise cricketer, playing for teams such as Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals in the IPL, Sydney Sixers in the BBL, and currently with Desert Vipers in the ILT20.

He hopes that by solely focusing on limited-overs cricket, he can improve his physical and mental health and continue to play more regularly.

Despite the loss to Surrey’s County Championship squad, Director of Cricket Alec Stewart fully supports Curran’s decision and looks forward to seeing him back in May for the T20 season.