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

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

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

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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