England pacer Sam Curran has said that he is happy with the break he was given by the England Cricket Board (ECB) and backed the board’s rotation policy that has been under the scanner of late. With England visiting India for a full-fledged tour, ECB’s rotation policy is being talked about extensively.
With a tight schedule as England cricket’s and given the COVID-19 situation across the world, it becomes impossible for all players to be available for every series. Recently, Jonny Bairstow was sent back to England, ahead of the India tour, right after the Sri Lanka series. He was added back to the squad for the last two Tests in Ahmedabad.
Many have pointed out that Bairstow, who lost his red-ball contract with the ECB last year, was mismanaged by the board. Even Moeen Ali going back to England after the first two Tests was criticised by many. But according to 22-year-old, who will take part in the white-ball leg of the India tour, he enjoyed the break that he was given before the T20Is.
“Definitely… a lot of stuff has been spoken about the rotation. As a player, I have found it very beneficial, the bubbles are really tough from the player’s perspective, being away for long periods, it is nice coming back after my break, refreshed and really raring to go for this white-ball series, I think it is going to be a great series,” Sam Curran said in a press conference.
“Like you said, various players have had their breaks. I’m sure guys might say similar things, so I think everyone reacts to the bubbles in different ways, I think it is about keeping mentally and physically fresh… I certainly appreciate the break that I was given,” he added.
“Very nice to be back in India, obviously a great place to play cricket. Yes, I left Sri Lanka and had a break and it was nice to get home. Like you said there was a bit of an issue to get back to India with all the travel, and that kind of things, and that extended my break a little bit.”
The 5-match T20I series starts on March 12, with all fixtures to be hosted in Ahmedabad. Curran was originally supposed to fly to India and be available for the 4th Test in India but the plan was ruled out by the ECB due to logistical reasons related to the pandemic. Hosts India won the 4-match Test series by a 3-1 margin after a gigantic victory in the final Test.
“I would say any time England go out there, it is always going to be an important game, obviously saw that the Test series was really competitive, it was great to watch a fantastic series, unfortunately England did lose. I think again with the T20s coming up… it is a World Cup year, so it is going to be a lot of emphasis on us doing well, especially as the World Cup is going to be here as well… October time.”
“To be honest, a lot of players didn’t play in the Tests that are now playing in the T20 series. That could be beneficial I guess but the players move on very quickly and focus on what is ahead and try and improve, so come Friday, the team that goes up will be ready and excited to play against a really good Indian outfit,” he said.