Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Passage to India Gives Finn Chance to Book His Place in England Team

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Passage to India Gives Finn Chance to Book His Place in England Team

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Byline: Tom Collomosse Cricket Correspondent

ENGLAND travel to India next month with few of their followers predicting success on the subcontinent but for one of their most promising players the tour is the ideal moment to come of age in Test cricket.

Steve Finn provided England with a rare reason to be cheerful during their last visit to India, a 5-0 whitewash in a one-day series in October 2011.

Despite the result, Finn produced some of his best performances for his country and if Alastair Cook is to enjoy his first series as Test skipper, he may need his youngest pace bowler to sparkle again.

The attempts to restore the exiled Kevin Pietersen to the team, as well as the retirement of Andrew Strauss, have made for a troubled backdrop to this tour. Yet Finn knows the chance is there for him to establish himself in the Test side for years to come.

Finn is a key man in one-day and Twenty20 cricket and his performance against South Africa at Lord's in the final Test of the summer, when the 23-year-old took eight wickets and was England's best bowler by a distance, suggested he is close to becoming a vital member of the Test side.

"I've had ambitions of becoming a pillar of this side since I was 16 and I certainly think it's possible to be a regular in all three formats," Finn told Standard Sport. "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.

"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.

"But people have played in all three forms for a while now, so it can be done and it's what I aspire to. You have to be savvy and sensible as you go through your career and I've found I've done that much more over the past 18 months. India is a formidable place to play but I have good personal memories of playing there. You have to be able to bowl reverse-swing, dry the runs up and attack batsmen in different ways. …

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