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Tom Curran takes Chris Gayle for his first ODI wicket

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Tim Curran has claimed his very first ODI wicket - and it's one of the greats.

Curran, making his one-day debut for England, took the wicket of Chris Gayle for 40 runs after a fantastic catch by Liam Plunkett. 

Gayle, potentially playing his final match in England, had carried the West Indies to 50/0 by his dismissal, only to fire one high into the air from a Curran delivery.

Plunkett then made a difficult catch look simple, diving to catch the ball as it dropped over his shoulder.

The 22-year-old Curran was the 2015 Young Cricketer of the Year and first joined up with the ODI side for their tour of the West Indies in March, but was unable to break into the side.

He had spoken ahead of the current series of how he had targeted it for his breakthrough.

“I flew out to the West Indies to join up with the guys. I didn’t get to play, but I always knew these ODIs were coming and that was what I targeted," said Curran.

“I was disappointed to miss out but it was nice to be a part of that environment and get a taste for it — and I left there hungry.

You can see Gayle's dismissal in the video below.

Safe hands indeed!

“I’ve put in the work and if I get the go-ahead, hopefully I will take my chance with both hands.

“I want to be playing against the best and it’s an exciting chance. I’ve been able to do that in the T20s. However, I still realise there is a long way to go.”

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The South African born bowler made his T20 debut back in June against the country of his birth, taking six wickets in three games.

England will be hoping the Surrey man is the latest in a long line of South African born stalwarts for the national side.

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