Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Finn's on Board as England Get Set to Tackle South Africa; CRICKET

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Finn's on Board as England Get Set to Tackle South Africa; CRICKET

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STEVEN Finn has arrived to bolster the England ranks ahead of their first tour match in South Africa, increasing the competition for places ahead of the Test series.

Finn, having come through two Twenty20 games for England Lions against Pakistan, swapped Dubai for Potchefstroom yesterday but wasn't considered for today's threeday warm-up against a South Africa Invitational XI.

He has been recovering from a bone stress injury to his left foot, suffered prior to the Pakistan series in October, and remains an outside bet to be deemed Test ready for the series opener on Boxing Day.

Nevertheless, the mere presence of the 6ft 7in paceman, owner of 26 Test caps and 102 wickets, will add to the internal competition in a squad.

Captain Alastair Cook has admitted places are up for grabs on this trip and Finn's call-up will put Mark Footitt, Chris Woakes and Chris Jordan - who are currently vying for one spot in the attack - on alert.

Finn's first task will be proving his fitness at the team's Senwes Park training base, but he is thought to be optimistic about his conditioning after taking four wickets in his two outings in Dubai. …

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