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Tom Curran added to England one-day squad

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Surrey fast bowler Tom Curran has been called into the England one-day squad in the Caribbean as back-up for Jake Ball, who injured his right knee in the warm-up victory over the WICB President’s XI in St Kitts on Monday.

Curran has already started the long journey from Sri Lanka, where he has been part of the England Lions tour, to join the England squad in Antigua – where they begin a three-match series on Friday.

The 21-year-old has taken 10 wickets in the Lions’ two four-day matches against Sri Lanka A at an average of less than 19, watched by England selector Angus Fraser, after impressing previously with the Lions against Afghanistan and the UAE before Christmas, in last summer’s home Tri-Series against Pakistan A and Sri Lanka A, and in T20 and 50-over series against Pakistan A in Dubai last winter.

“It’s all pretty surreal right now,” he said before leaving the Lions hotel near Dambulla this morning. “But I’m giddy, I can’t wait to get out there.”

Toby Roland-Jones, the Middlesex all-rounder who formed an effective new-ball combination for Curran in the Lions’ four-day matches in Sri Lanka but had not originally been selected for the one-day squad, will now stay in Sri Lanka for their five-match 50-over series – which starts in Dambulla on Thursday.

Both Roland-Jones and Curran have also been included in the South team to play in the North-South Series in Dubai and Abu Dhabi later in March.