SA vs ENG: Why is Sam Curran not playing today’s 2023 World Cup match?

Updated on: Oct 21, 2023 2:00 pm IST

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Sam Curran, the versatile all-rounder for the England cricket team, has found himself on the sidelines for today’s 2023 World Cup match against South Africa.

SA vs ENG: Why is Sam Curran not playing today’s 2023 World Cup match?

This decision is primarily attributed to Sam Curran‘s underwhelming performances in the tournament thus far.

England captain Jos Buttler at Toss: It’s generally a good ground for chasing. We haven’t batted as well as we would’ve liked but want to look ahead and be at our best. Three changes: Stokes returns, Willey and Atkinson come in for Woakes and Curran. This wicket favours the pace.

In the high-pressure environment of a World Cup, consistency and impactful contributions are of utmost importance. Curran’s exclusion from the playing XI for today’s match underscores the team’s desire to introduce a change and explore different options to invigorate the side.

Although Curran is renowned for his abilities as a multi-dimensional player, his form in the current World Cup has not been up to the mark. It is this recent dip in form that has prompted the team management to reassess their lineup for this crucial encounter against South Africa.

In cricket, as in any sport, team selections are subject to change based on player form, conditions, and tactical considerations. While Sam Curran remains a valuable asset for England, his absence from today’s match is a strategic choice aimed at maximizing the team’s chances of success. It’s worth noting that players often have the opportunity to bounce back and make impactful contributions in future matches.

England Playing 11

Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, Jos Buttler (c & wk), David Willey, Adil Rashid, Gus Atkinson, Mark Wood, Reece Topley

South Africa Playing 11

Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram (c), Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Gerald Coetzee, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi

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