Tom Curran ‘has a big heart’, says England team-mate Chris Jordan
Chris Jordan praised his spouse Tom Curran after he??held his guts as England secured a last-ball, two-run triumph over South Africa in Durban to shoot the T20I series.
With England protecting a target of 205, Quinton de Kock (65) struck a blistering 17-ball fifty – a South African T20I album – to find the home side-by-side away to a flying start.
England managed to gradually peg back things, Jordan (2-31) floats superbly and finding himself on a hat-trick to the second game running since he bowled JJ Smuts and Andile Phehlukwayo with catastrophic yorkers from the 17th over.
Butback arrived South Africa, Rassie van der Dussen (43no off 26) and Dwaine Pretorius (25 off 13) carrying the match down to the last over before Curran won the game for England together with wickets off both of his final two balls.
“I am lost for wordsreally,” Jordan told Sky Sports after the exciting end. “It was up and down, but we got off with it.
“We did not bowl too badly upfront, it was only down to great batting, and then we did very well to hold our nerve at the conclusion.
“I am very happy for Tom Curran. It is quite simple to receive your head after going for two bounds – he did really well to hold his nerve and get us online.”
The next and third chunks of Curran’s final finished the border, with Pretorius first clearing the fence off a slower ball and then drilling an attempted yorker through the covers .
Having been given 15 runs to defend from the last above – a Jordan stated he endorsed Curran to protect – that the equation has been reduced to five required out of three after three from two.
But, Curran endorsed himself to bowl another slower ball with the chunk and implemented a yorker that was superb straight to discount Pretorius lbw off the delivery , despite the six broke his previous one. The move paid off when looking to ramp since Adil Rashid at caught Bjorn Fortuin.
“TC is a very, very good death bowler – he’s abilities that no-one else gets,” Jordan added. “When he gets an instinct for some thing, you only let him run with it.
“He could call me and ask me what I reckon, but for that entire over he went along with his intuition – particularly on this last ball.
“Everybody has been leaning towards the straight yorker as he was beginning to bowl it really well, however he proposed the slower ball. And it.
“Yes, [I supported him] 100 per cent. TC was bowling well, especially in training – he’s just come from the major Bash.
“He has an array of skills, and he’s got a large heart, and it is a huge thing as it will take guts to bowl at these situations and remain calm and nice.
“I would have backed him if I’d have given him eight, but I am happy I was able to provide him 15.”
England Test batsman Ollie Pope – in the Sky Sports studio to the T20I – said his Surrey county team-mate Curran is designed for the huge minutes.
“TC will be the exact person you want in that situation,” added Pope. “We all know he can pinpoint a yorker and he has a terrific back-of-the-hander.
“Clearly the pressure is on, but he’s that type of personality you want to chuck the ball . He’ll fire up for this and want the ball from his hands for that closing over – and he delivered.”
Watch the third T20I between South Africa and England, at Centurion, from 12pm on Sunday on Sky Sports Cricket.