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Tom Curran steps back from red-ball cricket; clarifies he is not retiring


England and Surrey all-rounder Tom Curran has decided to step back from red-ball cricket in order to concentrate on his limited-overs career. Curran, 27, clarified that he is not retiring from red-ball cricket and that he has “unfinished business” with both the county and the Test team.

Curran has a history of injuries and missed significant time during the previous domestic season. He is currently playing in the ILT20 and will then play in the Pakistan Super League. He will also play for Surrey in the T20 Blast and the Oval Invincibles in The Hundred.

“The last couple of years have not been easy for me. I have had a lot of time and this isn’t a decision that I’ve taken lightly,” Curran said. “Some choices in life I don’t think you will ever be 100% sure and this is definitely one of those. But where I find myself at this exact moment, I feel like it is the right decision for my body and for my mental health.

“I’m definitely not ruling out playing red ball cricket again in the future, and I feel like I have unfinished business in this format for both Surrey and England. But until I can feel 100% committed and confident in my body to be performing day in and day out for Surrey in the County Championship, I feel that putting all my time and focus into on our Vitality Blast campaign this year is the right thing to do.

“I know it is not ideal news for everyone at Surrey and our fans. But I wanted to say a truly heartfelt thank you to Alec Stewart for the support and understanding of my decision. Surrey has given me everything and is my home. I love it very much and my hope is everyone else will see and understand my decision as he has done.

“I look forward to being back at The Kia Oval in the Summer for the Vitality Blast.”