Finn determined to kick on
Steven Finn is refusing to rest on his laurels as he prepares for his first taste of Ashes cricket.
The Middlesex seamer has enjoyed a wonderful debut year in the international arena - taking 32 wickets in eight Tests at an average of 23 - and picked up the ICC Emerging Player of the Year award at a glittering ceremony in Bangalore earlier this month.
However, Finn insists there is plenty of room for improvement ahead of this winter’s eagerly-anticipated series in Australia.
On the subject of his ICC gong, Finn told ecb.co.uk/video: “It was nice to go over there and get international recognition. It was something I wasn’t particularly expecting.
“The last six to eight months have been fantastic and I have enjoyed them thoroughly. It’s gone as well as I thought it could have and better. But there’s a lot of hard work to happen now.
“There is a lot more consistency that needs to come into my game. I need to learn a lot more, become more resilient and become a better bowler if I’m going to survive in international cricket. I need to improve in a lot of areas.”
Finn is understandably excited at the prospect of taking on Australia for the first time and admits he has fond memories of England’s famous success in 2005.
“That was the big one for me when I was growing up,” he added. “I was 15 or 16, still in school, and to have the opportunity to play with some of the guys who played in that series is a dream come true for me.
“I took a lot of inspiration from the guys in that series. Seeing us beat the Australia team that they brought over that summer was really fantastic.”
Finn has been able to lean on the experience of former England seamer Angus Fraser, who is now the managing director of cricket at Middlesex.
Fraser was involved in three Ashes tours during his time as a player, although Finn joked: “He doesn’t know too much - he lost every series he played down there!”
The 21-year-old continued: “Gus has been fantastic for me. He is a great advocate of hard work and he did relatively well when he went to Australia so I’ve been able to chat to him about what happens down there.”