Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Finn Feels Ready to Press Test Claims

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Finn Feels Ready to Press Test Claims

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Byline: David Clough

STEVEN Finn's patience may be about to pay off as he waits for his return to Test cricket. Finn is determined to channel his frustrations into self-improvement to make sure he is ready when an opening arises for him to add to his 12 Test caps, only one of which was earned last year.

Yet even as he spoke before England practice, news was beginning to emerge that Tim Bresnan - one of those ahead of the Middlesex seamer in the pecking order to feature against Pakistan in three Tests this month and next - had suffered a hiccup in his recovery from elbow surgery. An England team spokesman was keen to stress there is no great surprise or alarm about Bresnan's likely unavailability for tomorrow's first warm-up match, against an International Cricket Council Associate and Affiliate XI.

Even so, the minor discomfort felt in his bowling arm by the Yorkshireman after nets this week increases Finn's prospects of at least one opportunity to further his own claims on the third seamer's place behind Stuart Broad and James Anderson.

Chris Tremlett may have something to say about that and England have also taken the precaution of bringing Durham's Graham Onions on tour as stand-by in preparation for the first Test.

Finn, meanwhile, is intent on helping his cause by demonstrating whenever he can more of the potential he showed in England's otherwise dispiriting one-day international tour of India in October.

He said: "It is frustrating. I want to play every game of cricket available for England.

" I have to wait, though, I have to bide my time."

As England flew home from Kolkata just over two months ago, Finn headed still further afield to play for Otago Volts in New Zealand.

He believes he has derived significant benefit from that match practice.

He added: "I am lucky time is on my side - I am only 22.

"All I can do is work as hard as I can in practice, go over to New Zealand and try and get good rhythm over there and bring it over here.

"I am looking forward to the challenges of the next however many months, and as long as I am in and around the set-up and always learning off people I am only going to get better. …

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