Published: 12th September, 2018
James Anderson was glowing in his praise for Sam Curran after the Surrey all-rounder was named Player Of The Series following England’s 4-1 victory over India.
Anderson became the most prolific fast bowler in Test history with the wicket that sealed victory in the fifth and final Test at the Kia Oval.
That kind of record suggests his opinion on fellow Test cricketers is well worth listening to and he gave a glowing reference for the 20-year-old Curran less than four months into his Test career.
Curran scored 272 runs and took 11 wickets in his four appearances in the series including a number of influential moments during decisive periods of play.
Speaking on Curran after wrapping up the series, Anderson said: “I think we’ve found a gem there. He’s a diamond of a player who can score runs in crucial situations and will take the ball in any situation too.
“He gives that left arm option as well and he’s extremely skillful with the ball and he loves the battle that Test cricket brings.
“We’ve made real strides in that respect in terms of the players that we’ve added to the squad that was already very talented.”