"Sam Curran could go down as one of England's white-ball greats:" England's WC winning Matthew Mott

Sam Curran was named player of the match and tournament after another impressive display with the ball in the T20 World Cup final.

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According to England coach, Matthew Mott, Sam Curran can be remembered as "one of the white-ball greats". Curran was named player of the match and player of the tournament after another impressive display with the ball in the T20 World Cup final in Melbourne on Sunday.

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He finished with 13 wickets in the tournament. Meanwhile, only Sri Lanka's Wanindu Hasaranga claimed more and he played two more games - at the remarkable cost of just 11.38 apiece. And despite bowling at the death, his economy rate was an impressive 6.52 runs per over.

It would have been a hugely impressive performance from any player. But for a 24-year-old who might not have been involved in England were at full strength, it was "amazing", in Mott's words.

"He's been amazing," Mott said. "He got left out of a couple of games in the English summer and I remember having some conversations with him about that stuff. And he was so determined to play.

"He's one of those guys that even in the nets when you throw balls to him, he wants a contest. When the pressure is on, he just wants the ball in his hand or he wants the bat in his hand and he wants to try and win the game for his country.

"Some of the overs he's bowled - pressure overs - have been ridiculous. They've gone for five or six runs when they could have gone for 14 or 15. And they've actually turned the tide of games. And aside from all the cricket stuff, his character around the group, and his belief in the other players it's really infectious as well.

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"There's no ceiling for him. He's a great player" - Matthew Mott

"There's no ceiling for him. He's a great player. I think his batting has got more in it as well. I think he's one of the sweetest timers of the ball we've got and he's obviously a gun in the field as well. He's been special.

Mott did have reassuring words for the future, though. And he expressed some optimism that Topley, who wasn't obliged to undergo surgery, would receive a winner's medal like every other member of the England squad.

"He's going to play a massive role in the next couple of years," Mott said. "He's a great bowler and a great person for this group. There's so much to look forward to over the next 12 months."

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