Sam and Tom Curran become first brothers to play together for England in 19 years

first_imgSam Curran and his elder brother Tom became the first brothers to play for England together since the Hollioake brothers in 1999, during the fifth and final ODI against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Tuesday.The last pair to do so was Adam and Ben Hollioake in 1999, when the pair played Sri Lanka in February that year. Incidentally, much like the Hollioake brothers, the Currans also play county cricket for Surrey.The Hollioakes played only one Test alongside each other and shared their debut in the 1997 Ashes series. They also played seven ODIs together.Before the Hollioakes, the previous brothers to play in the same England side were Peter and Dick Richardson in 1957.In the 1892, Alec and George Hearne played for England against South Africa in Cape Town while their elder brother Frank played for the Proteas in the same match.Before them, in 1880, WG Grace also played with his brothers Edward and George for England together while while George and Charles Studd featured in the Oval Test two years later — the match which gave birth to the great Ashes rivalry.Sri Lanka vs England, 5th ODI: Live Updates Adam (right) and Ben Hollioake played one Test and seven ODIs together for England (Reuters Photo)Adam captained the 50-over side in Mike Atherton’s absence and overall played 35 ODIs and scored 606 runs at an average of 25.25. The senior Hollioake also grabbed 32 wickets in ODIs. He also represented the Three Lions in four Tests and scored 65 runs and picked up two wickets. He last played for England in May, 1999.advertisementHis brother’s life sadly came to a tragic end, when he met a car accident at the age of 24. He played two Tests and 20 ODIs for England, scoring 44 and 309 runs respectively. He also picked up four wickets and eight wickets in Tests and ODIs respectively.The Curran brothers have so far made 24 appearances for England but had never played together.Primarily a bowler, Tom made his debut before Sam and has played two Tests and 10 ODIs so far and taken 2 and 16 wickets respectively. Tom’s ODI exploits include a 5/35 against Australia in Perth earlier this year. The 23-year-old also played six T20Is and picked up seven wickets.Sam, on the other hand, is a left-arm bowler and batsman, who impressed everyone during the recently concluded Test series against India. Before the first Test against India, where he rescued the home side by scoring a valuable 63 and picking up 4 wickets, he had played just one Test match — which was his debut versus Pakistan at Leeds in June 2018.The 20-year-old remained a thorn in India’s flesh and scored important runs and picked up crucial wickets in the second, fourth and fifth Tests. So far, Sam has played five Tests, scoring 292 runs and picking up 13 wickets. He has only played one ODI and that was against Australia in Manchester earlier this year, where he picked up two wickets and scored 15 runs.last_img read more