Published: 18th July, 2019
Sam Curran took six wickets and scored two half-centuries as England Lions drew with an Australia XI in a four-day match at Canterbury.
The Surrey all-rounder took all of his wickets, including the scalps of Test players Tim Paine, Mitch Marsh & Matthew Wade, in the first innings of the match as Australia were 397 all out.
Batting at seven, Curran then hit exactly 50 and was the second top scorer for the Lions in the reply that saw them make 267.
It was the turn of Somerset spinner Jack Leach to stand out in the second Australian innings, taking five wickets as the tourists declared on 252/8. In order to secure the draw, the Lions had to bat out much of the final day.
That was managed largely thanks to the unbeaten partnership of 113 between Curran & Warwickshire’s Sam Hain, making 56 and 53 respectively.
Ben Foakes also played in the match, claiming two dismissals and scoring 15 runs. Curran will now join the England training camp while Foakes is available for the start of Surrey’s Vitality Blast campaign.