Uncapped Surrey all-rounder Tom Curran refused to conceal his excitement after being called into England’s Ashes squad following seamer Steven Finn’s enforced withdrawal due to injury.
England opted for Curran, who has made one ODI and three T20 appearances for England, ahead of Yorkshire paceman Liam Plunkett and Tom Helm of Middlesex. He will fly to Australia on Wednesday and join the rest of the England party in Adelaide.
The 22-year-old impressed during his white-ball outings for England during the summer and is set to compete with Jake Ball and Craig Overton for a place in the starting XI for the opening Test in Brisbane on 23 November.
Ashed how he learned of his call-up, Curran said: “I was sleeping to be honest. I was in a later gym group today so decided to have a lie in and saw a couple of missed calls when I woke up.
“I’m delighted, excited and I can’t wait. I’m also very proud and humbled. It’s been a year that I’ll never forget.”
Middlesex fast bowler Finn only travelled to Australia as a replacement for Test vice-captain Ben Stokes, who appears increasingly unlikely to feature during the Ashes following his arrest on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm in September.
Finn, who was sent home from Australia during the last series there in 2013-14 after being deemed unselectable, injured his knee while batting in the nets last week. Scans have subsequently shown he has suffered torn cartilage.
The loss of Finn takes the number of seam options unavailable to England to four. Aside from Stokes, they are also without Mark Wood due to an ankle problem and Toby Roland-Jones with a stress fracture of his back.
Australia seamer Mitchell Starc, meanwhile, made history by becoming the first player in Sheffield Shield history to take two hat-tricks in the same match. The 27-year-old is only the eighth player to do so in a first-class fixture.