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Sam Curran gives England a snarl they have lacked in Ashes summer of Steve | Barney Ronay

8 days ago   |   By The Guardian

Left-armer brought intensity to a side that have been short of bite in the face of Steve Smith's remorseless brilliance As the shadows stretched out at the Oval on a lovely soft, drowsy Friday afternoon, something strange happened. Sam Curran took the ball from the Vauxhall End, paced out his comically furious run-up, and began to whistle up an unfamiliar kind of energy. Curran, with his 81mph full-pitch swingers, is an unlikely enforcer. But his outstanding quality is his intensity of purpose. Steve Smith fenced and was dropped by Joe Root. Tim Paine drove at an away-nibbler. Pat Cummins...
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