Finn scoops Emerging Player gong
England fast bowler Steven Finn has capped a fantastic season by claiming the Emerging Player of the Year prize at the LG International Cricket Council Awards ceremony in Bangalore.
The 21-year-old Middlesex seamer quickly established himself as a key component of England’s team in 2010 and took 27 wickets at an average of 21.85 in the six Tests he played during the voting period - which ran from August 24 2009 to August 10 2010.
Finn made his Test debut on England’s tour of Bangladesh in March and went on to claim five-wicket hauls in each of England’s home Tests against the Tigers.
He was the top choice of the 25-person voting academy, coming in ahead of Pakistan’s Umar Akmal, Sri Lanka all-rounder Angelo Mathews and Australia wicketkeeper Tim Paine.
On receiving his award from legendary West Indies paceman Joel Garner, Finn said: "It’s a great honour to win this - an award I wasn’t expecting - and I’m very pleased and honoured to be playing Test match cricket for my country.
"I’ve enjoyed the last few months representing my country and I hope it continues.
"Next up is the Ashes and I think we’re well prepared to win the series. We’ve got a settled side that's ready to go."
To qualify for the Emerging Player of the Year award, players must be under 26 years of age at the start of the voting period and have played no more than five Test matches and/or 10 one-day internationals prior to that date.
Finn's England team-mates Graeme Swann and James Anderson were both named in the Test Team of the Year, while Paul Collingwood and Stuart Broad earned spots in the ODI Team of the Year.