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TOM CURRAN led an England comeback in Perth yesterday to end the one-day international series against Australia 4-1 to the visitors. The Surrey seamer took five for 35 to cap off the series.
England scrambled to 259 batting first on an unpredictable drop-in surface — Jason Roy thrashing a quick 49 and Joe Root applying a more studious method for his 62 — and appeared to have lost control of the chase when Australia reached 192 for four.
But Curran led a stirring comeback, seizing the moment and scattering the tail to seal a 12-run triumph.
“It’s a very special day. That’s what we train for. You want to be asked to perform in the big moments and to be involved when the game can go either way, that’s when you get the most satisfaction,” the 22-year-old said.
Curran was kicking his heels for the first three matches of the series, earning his call only after the trophy had been won following an injury to Liam Plunkett.
But, on just his third ODI appearance, he made it clear he is eager for more.
“It was very frustrating, but if you’re getting left out as a player and you’re happy about it… international sport is probably not the place for you,” he said.
Curran’s efforts nudged Perth local Andrew Tye into the shade, though his five for 46 in the first innings will at least earn him a place in the history of his new home stadium.
Tye might easily have been the one celebrating a match-winning turn had Jake Ball been unable to bowl his final two overs, with England almost losing the seamer unexpectedly at the denouement.
“He was feeling very dizzy and nauseous, he couldn’t really keep his balance,” revealed captain Eoin Morgan.
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