Surrey and England all-rounder Tom Curran is to take a break from red-ball cricket to “prioritise his physical and mental health”.
After suffering a number of injuries, the 27-year-old, who has played two Tests for England, will focus on his limited-overs commitments.
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Curran is currently playing in the International League T20 for the Desert Vipers.
He has also played in The Hundred for Oval Invincibles and has 58 One-Day and Twenty20 caps for England.
His last County Championship appearance was against Lancashire in September 2022, and earlier that season, he hit his first-class century off only 85 balls against Northamptonshire.
He hasn’t played a Test since January 2018, when he scored 39 and 23 not out while taking one wicket in Australia’s innings and 123-run victory over England in Sydney.
“The last couple of years have not been easy for me. I have had a lot of time and this isn’t a decision that I’ve taken lightly,” Curran, the brother of all-rounder Sam,informed Surrey’s website.
“Some choices in life I don’t think you will ever be 100% sure and this is definitely one of those. But where I find myself at this exact moment, I feel like it is the right decision for my body and for my mental health.
“I’m definitely not ruling out playing red-ball cricket again in the future, and I feel like I have unfinished business in this format for both Surrey and England.
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“But until I can feel 100% committed and confident in my body to be performing day in and day out for Surrey in the County Championship, I feel that putting all my time and focus into on our Vitality Blast campaign this year is the right thing to do.”
Curran has previously played in the Indian Premier League and Australia’s Big Bash League, and will soon join Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League.