England has selected uncapped fast bowler Tom Curran to join the squad for the upcoming Ashes 2017-18 series in Australia. The 22-year old was the replacement named for Steve Finn who sustained a knee injury and has been ruled out of the series.
Curran might make his debut in the five-day format and has represented England in the ODIs and T20 international in the home series against South Africa and West Indies. He did well in the two T20 games against South Africa and took five wickets to see England win the series. The pace bowler has an impressive first-class record with 171 wickets to his name in 51 games.
Curran has done well for Surrey in the County Championship held this year and was scheduled to be included in the England Lions squad for their Australian training session. He is a bowler who does have extra pace and known to bowl out-swingers to batsmen at the domestic circuit.
The youngster is set to travel to Australia on 8th November and has been given a chance over experienced bowlers like Mark Wood and Liam Plunkett. Wood was originally touted to be in the Ashes squad but Durham-born player found form due to fitness issues. England has already had promising bowlers in their ranks in Jake Ball and Craig Overton who will try their best to get a place in the lineup for the first game of the series in Brisbane.
Ball is expected to be the fourth seamer besides James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes for the opening Test against Australia. He did splendidly well in the warm-up game at Perth. Tom Curran unexpected call up for the Ashes series means that he will miss the forthcoming Big Bash League 2017-18 after being signed by franchise Hobart Hurricanes for the coming season to be played in December.