Curran hopes to stay on the rollercoaster
Tom Curran hopes to keep riding the rollercoaster with England after his five-wicket haul ensured a winning end to the successful ODI series in Australia.
Eoin Morgan's side earned a measure of revenge for the Ashes defeat by beating their hosts 4-1, rounding off the series with a 12-run victory in Perth's brand-new Optus Stadium on Sunday.
Curran took crucial wickets, removing Glenn Maxwell to stymie Australia's chase and then bowling Adam Zampa and Tim Paine to win the match after the tail had threatened to snatch a win.
Surrey star Curran made his Test debut in the lost series and may now look to cement a spot in the 50-over side with a World Cup on home soil on the horizon.
"It's been crazy, really," Curran said. "It's been a rollercoaster, but that's what happens. I'm just trying to take it all in, it's been an unbelievable couple of months.
"That's why we train as players, you want to be asked to perform in the big moments and involved when it can go either way.
"That's when you get the most satisfaction. What a stadium, what a day and what a team to be a part of."
Captain Morgan was without his three frontline bowlers, Liam Plunkett, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood, so was delighted to see Curran step up.
"You look for guys to take their chance and it's not easy to do particularly when you haven't played for a while," Morgan said.
"To come in at a stage of the game where it was in the balance, we'd got [Marcus] Stoinis out at the other end and to get Maxwell did swing the momentum quite nicely."
Victory looked in Australia's hands after they restricted England to 259 all out and then progressed to 189-4 with Stoinis scoring a well-measured 87.
However, that figure is enough to raise the heartbeat of any Australian and the all-rounder duly holed out - Curran taking the catch - to trigger a collapse which left Steve Smith ruing a failure to back up success in the premier format.
"We thought we'd pulled it back really well, but we didn't start as well with the ball, it has been a bit of trend," Smith said.
"We thought it was very chaseable, but again we lost wickets in clumps and you can't do that against a quality England line-up.
"Our batting again wasn't good enough. These lapses are happening way too often in one-day cricket."