Finn ready for challenge ahead

Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013 by Celia in Labels: , , , , ,

Steven Finn is excited ahead of a "huge year" of international cricket which sees England host the Champions Trophy and take on Australia in back-to-back Ashes series.

Finn had injury problems in India before Christmas but played a full part in the tour of New Zealand and is expected to be a key member of England's attack  in The Ashes this summer.

The 24-year-old, who has taken 80 wickets in 20 Tests, has turned out for Middlesex at Lord's this week, his first appearance of the season.

He hit the ground running with 4-51 from 26 overs in Derbyshire's first innings. Punters may want to use their free bet to back Finn to top the wicket taking charts this summer.

Finn will be hoping to pick up a few more wickets before New Zealand arrive for a two-Test series next month, the start of a 12-month international calendar which includes the 2014 Twenty20 World Cup in Bangladesh.

"The next 12 months doesn't get any bigger, really. It's a huge year for us in both Test and one-day cricket. I really can't wait for it to start," the fast bowler told The Independent.

Finn said he was happy with how the winter went on a personal level, particularly his performances at the T20 World Cup where he was England's leading wicket-taker.

"I think I bowled well and kept the runs tight which is important. I was slightly disappointed not to play more of a part in India, to get injured before and after that one Test I played was disappointing. But I felt I got my rhythm back in the one-day series over there and then the New Zealand trip, as a whole, was also a success," he added.

Despite enjoying a good winter, Finn will face competition for his England place from the likes of Chris Tremlett and Graham Onions. Consistency will be the key for Finn during an action-packed summer.