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Finn set for Otago stint

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Steven Finn

Steven Finn, currently in India with England's one-day squad, is to spend a month playing domestic first-class cricket in New Zealand

The ECB today announced that Steven Finn will play domestic first-class cricket in New Zealand for Otago Volts next month following the England one-day squad’s current tour of India.

The 22-year-old Middlesex bowler will join the Volts for a one-month stint ahead of their opening Plunket Shield match against Canterbury in Rangiora on November 7.

He will remain with the squad until December 4 and be available for a further three Plunket Shield matches during this period.

Finn said: “I am delighted to be joining Otago Volts for four first-class games at the end of our one-day series in India.

“I felt it was crucial to get some four-day cricket under my belt prior to hopefully getting selected for England’s series against Pakistan in the UAE in January.

“Therefore when the opportunity to play in New Zealand came up, I jumped at the chance to join the Volts. I look forward to arriving in Dunedin and linking up with Vaughn Johnson and his squad and I hope to be able to contribute to a successful season for the Otago Volts.”

Otago Volts coach Johnson said: “To have the opportunity to use Steven to upskill, talk and play with our current stable of quicks will be of enormous benefit not only to our side but to the small group of very promising quick bowlers in our wider squad.

“The management group felt with what Finn brings on and off the field it was an opportunity we needed to grab with both hands.”