Special credit for Middlesex's Morgan
PUBLISHED: 15:00 14 September 2017
PA Wire/PA Images
Transitioning from county to international cricket is no simple task, and Tom Curran believes England one-day captain Eoin Morgan must take a whole host of credit for the welcoming feeling he received.
Curran has been named in England’s squad for the Royal London One-Day International Series against West Indies, starting on September 19, a five-match saga that could spell his debut in the format.
But this is far from an international opening salvo for the 22-year-old, after playing two Twenty20 Internationals against South Africa earlier in the summer.
The Surrey man was also part of the squad that toured the West Indies earlier in the year, though missing out only fuelled his desire to push for more.
It is those experiences which Curran believes is now bearing fruit, with Middlesex and England’s limited-overs captain among those he reserved praise for in easing the progression.
“He’s a great guy, he’s part of an entire squad of amazing people – even putting their cricket abilities to one side,” he said.
“He made it very, very easy for me to be able to settle in and join and feel a part of the group very quickly, so I’m very grateful for that.
“I’m honoured and humbled to be a part of that group, being able to feel comfortable in that is a massive part of whether or not you’re successful when it comes to the match.
“I got a lot from those T20 games and the way I felt about myself, and being able to carry that into the England games made a massive difference.”
Not only was Curran part of the team that faced South Africa, he was also able to play a starring role with five wickets across the two matches.
That’s something the seamer is adamant is, at least in part, down to Morgan’s influence, repaying the faith shown in him with a starring performance.
Now, that big-game mentality is something he wants to continue for his captain, with Tuesday’s first game against the West Indies the ideal opportunity for that to happen.
“It’s also nice to have that trust on you in the big moments, taking the new ball and seeing out the final overs which is what I want to do from my game,” he added.
“I’ve played against him a lot in county cricket and there’s a pleasure to watch Eoin, and all the batters in the team, go out and do their thing on the big stage.
“Those big games are the ones you need to be wanting to shine and performing at your best.
“That big occasion is something that’s important for me, I want to be someone who enjoys and embraces those challenges and not shirking away from the responsibilities.”
*Tom Curran was speaking on behalf of Royal London, proud sponsors of One Day cricket, ahead of the upcoming ODI Series v West Indies.