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England's strength in depth driving ODI success, says Curran

The Surrey allrounder got his chance with the ball during the third one-day international against Sri Lanka in Kandy on Wednesday, and made the most of the opportunity with an excellent four-over spell which brought him three wickets

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England's white-ball bowlers know they will only get short spells to impress in their pursuit of World Cup places, according to Tom Curran.

The Surrey allrounder got his chance with the ball during the third one-day international against Sri Lanka in Kandy on Wednesday, and made the most of the opportunity with an excellent four-over spell which brought him three wickets.

With Curran competing against his brother Sam, Warwickshire's Olly Stone, Mark Wood of Durham and regular England ODI stars Liam Plunkett and David Willey for a slot in the side ahead of next year's international showpiece, it was a timely reminder of his talents.

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Tom Curran took 3-17 in the third ODI against Sri Lanka

"That's the beauty of the strength in our squad, there is such competition for places," he said.

"When you get your go you might only have one or two games to impress. When guys are outside the team and on the tails on the guys in the side it's only going to help the side play better.

"It's a great place to be with guys knocking on the door because the guys who are in the side will only be working hard to keep their place."

Reflecting on the seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka which put England 2-0 up with two games of the series to play, Curran said: "It's nice to be back in this team and nice to go 2-0 up in the series after a long day. I just wanted to get out there."

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