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England call Sam Curran for 2nd Test Match


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Surrey left-arm swing bowler Sam Curran has received a late-call-up into England’s squad for the second Test against Pakistan as cover for all-rounder Ben Stokes, who has a tight left hamstring.
The uncapped teenager was summoned on Wednesday and is now due to train with England at Headingley on Thursday Withwith the second and final Test against Pakistan starting at Yorkshire’s headquarters in Leeds on Friday.
Stokes is yet to have a scan but will be assessed by England medical staff on Thursday.
This month saw Curran claim his maiden 10-wicket haul in first-class cricket
The 19-year-old took 10 for 101 across two innings as Surrey thrashed Yorkshire by an innings and 17 runs in a First Division County Championship fixture at The Oval, with his victims including England captain Joe Root and India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, whom he dismissed twice.
Curran’s older brother Tom, a 23-year-old right-arm fast-medium bowler, has represented England in all three international formats 3 Tests, ODIs and T20s — with his most recent appearance coming in a seven-wicket ODI win away to New Zealand at Christchurch in March.
Tom also played in England’s final two Tests of their recent Ashes series loss in Australia.
The brothers are the sons of the late former Zimbabwe all-rounder Kevin Curran.
Sam Curran was called into England’s T20 squad during the tri-series involving Australia and New Zealand earlier this year but did not play.
Pakistan hammered England by nine wickets to win the first Test at Lord’s inside four days as Root’s men suffered their sixth defeat in eight matches at this level.
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This belongs in cricket not football
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Sam Curran has a big future for England. I guess they'd push Buttler up to 6 and he'd bat 7, but considering he doesn't have a FC century the tail would start to look quite long. I personally would've preferred Livingstone in at 6 (bowls decent spin) and then just go with four seamers if Stokes is injured. That said, at least Ed Smith is committing to youthful selections - if England gonna be garbage in tests, there's no point (in my view) picking late-20s/early-30s debutantes, might as well allow some of the talented youngsters time to get used to test cricket.
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