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Curran cashes in against poor Sri Lankans


Tom Curran. Credit: Getty Images

Tom Curran. Credit: Getty Images

Getty Images

Tom Curran. Credit: Getty Images

Tom Curran enjoyed his most productive England performance for more than two years in a rain-ruined final match against Sri Lanka but insisted a lack of wickets had not been weighing on his mind.

Curran took four for 35 as the tourists were dismissed for 166 in the third Royal London ODI, a feebly below-par score but one England were prevented from chasing by an afternoon deluge in Bristol. An abandonment was probably the best Sri Lanka could hope for, sparing them a second successive 3-0 whitewash, having already been routed by the same scoreline in the T20 format.

“Guys will say I haven’t had a good run of form, but I’ve felt pretty good about my bowling,” said Curran.

“The back end of last summer, I guess that’s where the run of no wickets started, but I felt I was doing a good job for the team and bowling tight. You need a bit of luck, but I don’t feel I’d been bowling badly at all.

“I guess it’s a funny game, sometimes you bowl really well and don’t get a wicket, other times you can cash in with some average balls.”

David Willey was named player of the series for his nine wickets at an average of 16.

“There’s a couple of T20 World Cups coming and it would be great be part of that, but I play every game as if it’s my last,” he said.

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