England all-rounder Sam Curran has said that he is ready to adapt to different roles and play as a floater ahead of the T20I series in Pakistan and also the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia.
Incidentally, Curran batted at the top of the order for Surrey in the Blast and also for Oval Invincibles in the Hundred. However, with England having enough options for the top order slots, Curran could likely be used as a finisher. “I’m trying to be as adaptable as possible. I’m sure there’s going to be a lot of rotation: guys coming back from injury, newer guys coming in. My role might vary as guys come back or guys come in. The role I’m given is just to contribute with the ball when I bowl and when I’m batting,” Curran said in the presser.
“That may be lower down the order here but I guess it’s about adapting to conditions. I don’t think about it too much at Surrey or in the Hundred because I had pretty set roles but with England, naturally I do because we’ve got so many allrounders who can be adaptable. I might get sent up as a floater to take on different types of bowlers. Whenever I do play for England, I play with an open mind. You don’t just want to be a cricketer whose set for one role which I think is one of my strengths: to be as adaptable [as possible] for the captain and for guys in the team,” he added.
Curran couldn’t partake in last year’s T20 World Cup held in the UAE as he was ruled out with a stress fracture of the back that he suffered during the second half of IPL. Since returning to top-flight cricket, Curran has concentrated more on playing the abridged versions of the game. He did end up playing five County Championship matches this season for Surrey but bowled only 41 overs as England’s backroom staff looked to ease him back to cricket.
“I missed the last one. I need to get through this series and then hopefully, when I’m in Australia, I can be excited about it. The biggest thing this summer was getting my body through it… the priority now is the World Cup.I didn’t bowl much for Surrey at all. The most I bowled in a game was 20 overs  and it felt like the sensible option. The Test team were flying at the time so my focus was purely on the World Cup and trying to have a good Hundred, to keep performing and to get my body right.”
Curran also was excited at the prospect of playing in Pakistan. Incidentally, the last time England toured Pakistan was way back in 2005-06. “Most of the Pakistan guys I know,. I played against a few of them at the Under-19 World Cup, like Shadab [Khan]. He’s a fantastic player. This is a great chance for myself and most of our players – even guys that aren’t in the World Cup squad – to stake a claim, keep knocking down the door; but also just to be here, be involved with a pretty historic trip to Pakistan and take it all in.”