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Curran ‘surprised’ by Sri Lankan tactics

Curran Sri Lanka Tactics Field
by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Sam Curran said he was ‘a little surprised’ by Sri Lanka’s tactics during his innings of 64 on day one of the second Test against Sri Lanka.

DAY 1 REPORT

Curran’s destructive knock, which featured six sixes, saw him enjoy a substantial partnership of 60 with last man James Anderson as England posted 285 in their first innings.

The Surrey all-rounder was able to take much of the strike thanks in part to the field placings of Sri Lanka captain Suranga Lakmal.

“I gave myself a chance to take a few balls up top. They weren’t bringing in the field,” said the 20-year old.

Curran’s innings followed an equally important performance from Jos Buttler, whose tactics against Sri Lanka’s spin threat proved more than effective in a counter-punching 63 from just 67 deliveries.

“Jos came in and played the way we know he can do: sweeping, reverse sweeping, running down,” said Curran.

“They looked like they started to panic a little bit almost. It got to the stage after lunch he was almost reverse-sweeping or or sweeping every ball, with the field all over the place.”

Curran also praised his other batting partners, with Adil Rashid contributing 31 alongside Anderson’s patient rearguard.

“Rash [Adil Rashid] played beautifully before tea and I tried to take over where he left off.

“But me and Jimmy had quite a bit of fun out there. He was probably the one telling me to calm down and trust him. It was real good fun out there.”

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