Curran earns support from Sanga

09 November 2017 05:31:40 EST

Kumar Sangakkara has tipped seamer and former Surrey colleague Tom Curran to use his Ashes call-up to become an England regular.

Sri Lanka legend Sangakkara, who retired at the end of the 2017 season, believes his former Surrey team-mate has the skills to perform on the highest stage.

He has the talent and the weaponry to truly make an impact for England.

Kumar Sangakkara

The 22-year-old seam bowler, who is also more than a useful batsman, followed his late father Kevin - a former player with Zimbabwe - into international cricket earlier this year when he made his England debut in a Twenty20 contest against South Africa in Taunton.

Three further caps followed in white-ball cricket and he now has the opportunity to push for a place in the most revered series in world cricket following the return home of Middlesex's Steven Finn due to a knee injury.

"It's wonderful to hear about Tom being called up for the Ashes," said Sangakkara. "Another Surrey boy deservedly gets his due as a result of all the hard work over the last two seasons.

"It will be an experience that he will cherish and will greatly help his development towards becoming an England regular.
 
"He has the talent and the weaponry to truly make an impact for England and I wish him a fantastic series."

Curran's county colleagues Mark Stoneman and Ben Foakes were selected in the original 16-man Ashes squad.

Stoneman is priced at 6/1 to be top team batsman in the series, with Jonny Bairstow 6/1 and Dawid Malan 12/1.

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