Finn looks to build on early success

October 25, 2010 at 11:18 am Leave a comment

It’s been dream year for Steven Finn since bursting on the international scene in March against Bangladesh. The 21-year-old was called up when Stuart Broad was ruled out of the series with injury. Since then, Finn hasn’t looked back, including taking nine wickets on his home debut, again against Bangladesh. The youngster then went on to claim a second five-for in the second Test at Old Trafford. The fast bowler finished as player of the series, in what was his international home debut series.

The six foot seven bowler then stepped up to play the Pakistan series, bowling decently to take 13 wickets at an average of 23. Although he wasn’t used as frequently as Stuart Broad and James Anderson, Finn’s extra bounce offered England something different and was effective.

Finn’s year got even better when he was named as part of England’s Ashes squad, as well as taking home the award for the ICC’s Emerging Player of the Year in Bangalore earlier this month. Finn won the award after claiming 32 wickets in his eight Test’s so far at an impressive average of 23.31, a stat that’s bound to interest those looking to bet on the Ashes.

Despite his explosive debut year of international cricket, Finn is determined to keep his feet on the ground.

“The last six to eight months have been fantastic and I have enjoyed them thoroughly. It’s gone as well as I thought it could have and better. But there’s a lot of hard work to happen now,” he said.

The Ashes odds make Austrlia strong favourites and Finn and his fellow bowlers will need to be at their very best to take 20 wickets in matches.

Finn will be desperate to be given the chance in the opening Test next month. The Gabba in Brisbane is renowned for its fast bouncy pitches and Finn could well prove to be the difference for England.


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