Strauss appreciates squad concerns

May 30, 2012 at 9:38 am 1 comment

England captain Andrew Strauss insists he understands the frustrations of the bowlers outside the Test team but says it serves to highlight the embarrassment of riches at his disposal.

Tim Bresnan got the nod as England’s third seamer in the first Test against West Indies at Lord’s, leaving Steven Finn kicking his heels on his home ground. Graham Onions, who has not featured for his country since January 2010, is also waiting in the wings.

Finn revealed his frustration in the build up to the second Test at Trent Bridge, saying he wants to be out in the middle helping England win Test matches.

“You have to accept the squad mentality but I want to be playing. I don’t want to be sitting there watching other people bowling – I want to be doing it. It is frustrating when you are not involved, you almost don’t feel part of it,” admitted Finn, who has taken 53 wickets in 13 Tests and whose live scores in the domestic game this season  have been equally as impressive.

“Sat on the sidelines you don’t feel as if you are contributing. It’s important that I keep working when I go back to Middlesex and keep taking wickets. Both of which I feel I’ve been doing.”

Strauss said it was ‘the way of the world at the moment’ and urged the bowlers out of the side to remain patient.

“We have five or six test quality seamers and only three of them can play so it’s unfortunate for the guys who are left out,” said Strauss.

“It’s a great position for us as a side to be in, but frustrating when you are left out. But you learn from that and it makes you hungrier when you get the chance.”

England are heavy favourites in the online betting to wrap up a Test Series whitewash against the West Indies. Strauss’ men went 2-0 up with victory at Trent Bridge on Monday and even though they are expected to rest some players for the final Test, the depth of quality in the squad should be enough to see them home.

England will then put their number one ranking on the line when they face South Africa – currently ranked number two – later in the summer.


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