DORSET’S Scott Currie is set to open the bowling for England's young cricketers at the upcoming ICC Under-19 World Cup in South Africa.

His place in the tournament comes just more than six months after returning from a career-threatening stress fracture to his lower back.

Currie, whose roots in the game were sewn as a 12-year-old at Poole Town, tiptoed his way back on to the scene this summer, having spent the first half of the calendar year in rehabilitation.

A decade or so ago, a stress fracture might have brought a premature end to a young bowler's career, but advancement in medical skills and technology has changed all that.

"After the extent of my back injury was diagnosed, I spent five months in rehab, which predominantly revolved around strengthening the trunk, legs, back and core muscles," he explained.

"It was a hard grind, but ultimately worth all the pain.”

Now Currie is raring to go is a key member of a 15-man England squad chosen for the 16-nation global tournament.

He is delighted to have been selected for the event following England's pre-Christmas trip to the Caribbean, where he played four times in a Rising Stars Tri-Series against Sri Lanka and the West Indies.

"It's obviously a huge privilege to be selected, without doubt the pinnacle of age-group cricket," he said.

"It's not the sort of thing that normally happens to an 18-year old living in a cul-de-sac in Poole!

"I played in all the junior age groups at Poole and will always remember my debut, as a 12-year old, in the fourth team against Charlton Down at Whitecliff Recreation Ground.

"I then played in each of the Saturday sides in consecutive years until the age of 15.

"Some of my fondest memories of cricket have come in a Poole shirt."

Currie went on to play for Dorset at under-14, under-15 and under-17 county levels and subsequently the full Minor Counties Championship side.

His obvious potential was spotted by Hampshire, who now have him contracted as a rookie player.

Now the Dorset star’s eyes are focused on England’s warm-up games before their full competition begins against the West Indies on January 20.