Sam Curran has what it takes to be England’s man of the moment | Barney Ronay

The Surrey player has been criticised for what he is not – ‘not quite an all-rounder’ – but it makes more sense to praise the qualities he brings to the England team

A few days before the start of the second Test against New Zealand Sam Curran was asked by one of his old coaches if he could record a short video welcome message for Surrey’s latest under-13s starting their winter training at the Oval.

There was a problem, though. England were 1-0 down heading to Hamilton. Team selection was in a state of flux. Curran himself was caught in the usual hotfoot circuit from training to team meeting to fevered personal prep.

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