Finn eyeing Test spot
England fast bowler Steve Finn is keen to establish himself as a regular in the Test side on the upcoming tour of India.
The 23-year-old has taken 66 wickets in 16 Tests for England and has become an integral member of the one-day set-up. Finn was England’s top wicket-taker at the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka and has produced a number of eye-catching performances in the 50-over format, even if England’s live scores results haven’t reflected his own personal performances.
Despite Finn’s excellent record in Tests, he has been left frustrated more often than not when it has come to selection in recent times, with Tim Bresnan regularly preferred as the third pace bowler.
However, his recent form has given him the edge in the battle to partner James Anderson and Stuart Broad in the England attack, something Finn is desperate to do on a full-time basis.
“I’ve had a few tough times when I’ve been left out of the team and had to fight my way back in. You learn from those experiences and now I feel I’m a much better bowler, as well as a more experienced person, to deal with the setbacks,” said Finn.
“A big part of being a successful international cricketer is knowing how to deal with the bad days and I feel I can do that better now.”
The tall seamer is in line to face India in the first Test in Ahmedabad on November 15 where they will begin as outsiders in the sport betting. He believes his experience of sub-continental conditions will stand him in good stead.
“India is a formidable place to play but I have good personal memories of playing there,” added Finn.
“You have to be able to bowl reverse-swing, dry the runs up and attack batsmen in different ways. I’ve played a lot of cricket in the subcontinent and I hope that will serve me well in the Tests.”