West Indies vs England: Tom Curran replaces Chris Woakes for second ODI in Barbados

22 Feb

Tom Curran replaces Chris Woakes as England make one change for the second ODI against the West Indies in Barbados – live on talkSPORT2.

Woakes has been managing a knee injury throughout the winter and despite being fit for selection, it was decided two games in three days would put the all-rounder at risk.

Tom Curran comes in for Chris Woakes

The Windies also made one change, Nicholas Pooran making way for Sheldon Cottrell.

Eoin Morgan won the toss and opted to field first, happy to chase again having pursued a record 361 on Wednesday.

The tourists chased down their highest-ever target earlier this week to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

Centuries from Jason Roy and Joe Root powered England to victory with eight balls to spare.

They will be wary of big-hitting Windies opener Chris Gayle, who hit 12 maximums in a knock of 135 on Wednesday.

Chris Woakes has been rested

Gayle has more sixes against England in ODIs than any other player in history.

You can follow all of the action from the Kensington Oval live on talkSPORT2.

England cricketer Tom Curran not looking past Sri Lanka as World Cup looms

9 Oct

England seamer Tom Curran refuses to be distracted by next year’s World Cup ahead of the upcoming ODI series in Sri Lanka.

Curran broke into England’s one-day side last winter before a series of injuries forced him to miss most of the white-ball summer.

Curran was a regular for England last winter

Back in the international squad, the Surrey bowler is running out of time to make himself a permanent fixture before the 50-over World Cup in May 2019 on home soil.

However, the 23-year-old insists his mind is solely focused on the task at hand.

“This is a big tour, then West Indies, and inevitably a lot of people are looking towards the World Cup,” Curran said.

“You’ve got to think about the now and not think too far ahead. That’s what we’re doing, that’s how we’re training, and whatever the team is, the boys will be pushing hard.”

Curran hopes to be picked for the first ODI against Sri Lanka on Wednesday, but extreme weather in Dambulla is likely to see his opportunity delayed.

He added: “This is serious rain. It’s not English weather at all, this is a downpour. If it’s like this for the next couple of days I can’t see the grounds drying at all.

“It’s annoying, but it is what it is.”

Curran needs to prove himself

Should Curran get his chance, he is confident the conditions will suit his particular brand of fast-medium pace.

“I’d like to think that my skills would help me out here, with the wickets being a bit slower or a bit on the grippy side,” Curran said.

“Whatever pitch is out in front of us, I’ll try and adapt.”

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