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From Stephan Shemilt
BBC Sport in Old Trafford
Sam Curran is a”game-changer”, said former England captain Alec Stewart following the all-rounder took three wickets on the second evening of the fifth Test against Australia at The Oval.
Since the tourists were dismissed by England for 225 curran, playing in his first Test of this series, supported Jofra Archer’s 6-62.
“When he gets in a rhythm, swinging the ball both ways, he could really affect the game,” Stewart told Test Match Special.
“That was the best he has bowled for England. He adhered to his lengths and lines quite well, the way he’s done for a while.”
21, curran, was named man of the series because of his performances against India this past year, his first summer in cricket.
His only prior Test this season came from Ireland, prior to the Ashes, along with the Surrey man was arrested on his home floor after Ben Stokes was deemed unfit to bowl due to a shoulder injury.
A 15 that was sketchy was left by him together with the bat on Thursday, but was superb bowling in tandem at a point taking two wickets in two balls on Friday, with Archer.
“Sam’s batting had been crumbling yesterday and it showed a little nerves and also how hard it’s coming in against this Australia speed attack was from worldwide cricket for a while,” added Stewart, Curran’s director of championships in Surrey.
“Using the ball, he wishes to take a wicket every ball and we continue telling him you can not do so, you need to place the batsman up.
“That spell he bowled with Jofra Archer was outstanding.”
Curran and Archer helped England take a direct of 69 runs, when they closed the next day on 9-0 one that was extended to 78.
“We need to bat as long as as large as possible since it’s a good wicket,” said Curran. “We need to attempt and bat them out of the match ”
Curran said his absence by the England side during the Ashes had been”frustrating”, but that he was happy to return in his home floor.
“To play here is really unique and obtaining a wickets for the group is the main thing,” he said.
“It is really great to be playing . I simply had to wait my turn and it arrived.”
8,463 runs were scored by stewart in 133 Tests, and Curran joked that when he can imitate those featshe also may be honoured in The Ovalin similar manner to the gates that endure the Surrey and England legend’s name.
“Stewie is one of the great heroes,” said Curran. “I watched him this morning and had some banter about obtaining some gates called after me.
“It was all good fun. I am nowhere near the level of Stewie. Perhaps 1 day.”
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