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Williamson wicket my best: Curran

Roar: Sam Curran celebrates after dismissing Kane Williamson
Roar: Sam Curran celebrates after dismissing Kane Williamson

By David Charlesworth

Sam Curran reflected with some satisfaction about claiming the wicket of New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and believes the manner of the dismissal augurs well for England.

Curran was out for a golden duck and part of the collapse that saw England lose four wickets for 18 runs in 21 balls as they were all out for 353 on the second morning of the first Test in Mount Maunganui.

But he took two top-order wickets as the Black Caps closed on 144 for four, including the prize scalp of Williamson, who was only able to fend off a delivery that viciously reared up at him to Ben Stokes at second slip.

Williamson's departure for 51 handed the initiative back to England, and Curran admitted the wicket was probably his most cherished in his fledgling international career.

The 21-year-old said: "Because it's so recent, it probably is. I'm sure there are other moments but off the top of my head (I can't think of any).

"He's a world-class player so it's nice that I've got him out but the main thing is that we've got their best player out and now we get into the middle order.

"With a few more rollers in the morning, the wicket may start being a bit uneven.

"Fingers crossed that will suit us and there can be a few more and it gets worse as the game goes on because, most likely, we'll be bowling last and they'll be the ones batting.

"We obviously want to be batting as soon as we can and get a big, big lead. It's going to be an exciting game."

Curran has developed a knack of making interventions at crucial periods. And after failing to add to England's total, he was eager to make amends.

He added: "Luckily enough when you bat and bowl, you can try to take some wickets for the team.

"I just want to contribute with bat and ball, I couldn't get any runs but I can hopefully contribute with a few wickets."

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