Full name Thomas Kevin Curran
Born March 12, 1995, Cape Town, Cape Province
Current age 21 years 266 days
Major teams England Lions, KwaZulu-Natal Inland Under-19s, Surrey, Surrey 2nd XI
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Education Hilton College, Durban
|First-class debut||Cambridge MCCU v Surrey at Cambridge, Apr 1-3, 2014 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Durham v Surrey at Chester-le-Street, Sep 12-15, 2016 scorecard|
|List A debut||Surrey v Essex at The Oval, Aug 2, 2013 scorecard|
|Last List A||United Arab Emirates v England Lions at Dubai (DSC), Dec 1, 2016 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Sussex v Surrey at Hove, May 16, 2014 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Surrey v Kent at The Oval, Jul 29, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|2/26||Eng Lions||v U.A.E.||Dubai (DSC)||1 Dec 2016||LA|
|4, 0/14||Surrey||v Warwickshire||Lord's||17 Sep 2016||LA|
|2/78, 9, 0/37, 0||Surrey||v Durham||Chester-le-Street||12 Sep 2016||FC|
|17, 1/97||Surrey||v Hampshire||The Oval||6 Sep 2016||FC|
|2*, 2/35||Surrey||v Yorkshire||Leeds||28 Aug 2016||LA|
|2/51, 25, 0/37||Surrey||v Lancashire||The Oval||23 Aug 2016||FC|
|2/69, 13||Surrey||v Northants||Northampton||18 Aug 2016||LA|
|4, 2/61, 0, 1/13||Surrey||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||13 Aug 2016||FC|
|26, 2/66, 17*, 1/39||Surrey||v Middlesex||Lord's||4 Aug 2016||FC|
|3/26, 0*||Surrey||v Middlesex||Lord's||2 Aug 2016||LA|
Tom Curran had a sterling season for Surrey in 2015 as they won promotion back to Division One of the Championship and finished as runners-up in the NatWest Blast. The Curran brothers were one of the cricketing stories of the summer and by the end cricket fans knew that Tom was the elder one with the ponytail, an allrounder showing reliability beyond his 20 years.
Curran took most wickets in Division Two, 76 - the same number as Mark Footitt, who won a call-up to England's tour of South Africa - bowled most overs. and received several young player-of-the-season awards. The campaign saw him miss just one game, claiming 105 wickets in all three formats with two seven-wicket hauls against Gloucestershire and Northants - counties for which his late father Kevin played. His 76 Championship victims equalled Joey Benjamin's effort in 1994 for Surrey, joint best since Waqar Younis claimed 113 in 1991.
He found things tougher the following year as Surrey stepped up to Division One, taking on the workhorse role - his hunched run-up might have been desaigned for it - and also not spending as much time on his batting as he would have wished to maintain his claims to be a genuine allrounder. England Lions were interested in both him and his younger brother Sam, selecting both for a 2016 tour to the UAE.
Having grown up in Cape Town, Tom Curran was spotted by former Surrey captain Ian Greig while playing schools cricket. He was invited to play Second XI cricket for Surrey in 2012, at the age of 17, and took 5 for 21 against Kent in his second game. He also began at Wellington School in September 2012. A month later, tragedy struck when his father, the former Zimbabwe cricketer Kevin, died suddenly. But Curran decided to remain at Wellington, helped by the school offering his two younger brothers the chance to study there too.
Surrey observers were immediately struck by his talent. Fast and generating away swing, former coach Chris Adams even likened him to Dale Steyn, although he was more robust and not as fast. He took 5 for34 against Scotland in a one-day game in 2013, but had to wait until 2014 to get his first-class chance in a Surrey attack brimful of pace pedigree. He immediately justified the hype, and also managed the transition between first-class and T20 cricket with astonishing ease for a teenager. The only disappointment was that he failed, in limited opportunities, to show his considerable promise as a batsman. While injury limited his breakthrough season to seven first-class games, Curran had already established a reputation. Tellingly Ireland, for whom he is eligible to play, tried to persuade Curran to declare for them without success. He qualified for England in 2016.
Stats highlights of the second day's play between India and England in Mohali