Finn targets home advantage
Young Middlesex seamer Steven Finn is desperate to play for England at his home ground Lord’s this Thursday - and hopes he can turn his inside knowledge into a real advantage.
Finn has run into his favoured Pavilion End countless times this season, and to good effect, but the opportunity to replicate that run this week would represent another huge leap for the 21-year-old.
After making his debut during England’s triumphant tour of Bangladesh, Finn has continued his strong form into the new season leading to his squad selection for the opening npower Test against Bangladesh this week.
And, while he would undoubtedly relish the chance to bound in with the new ball on Thursday morning, the youngster is eager to fulfil whatever role he is assigned.
“It would be nice to go out there because I am confident of playing at Lord’s,” he told ECBtv. “Its something I’ve done for a good few years now for Middlesex and its something that I look forward to.
“I love playing at the Pavilion End - I have always bowled at the Pavilion end at Lord’s.
“But I might not be opening the bowling if I play, so I am just going to have to be versatile and I’m going to have to be as flexible as I can for Andy.”
The young seamer’s rise into the international ranks has, at times, appeared seamless.
But Finn is adamant he is still at the start of his education and any opportunity to gain experience of the international game is a bonus.
“I’m just 21 years old and I’m over the moon just to have played international cricket and to have the opportunity to possibly play international cricket in the next couple of weeks,” he said.
“I am not going to start getting moody about not playing when the other guys come back in.
“As a cricketer I am just trying to develop my game all the time, whether I’m playing for England or playing first-class cricket for Middlesex.
“So for me personally any sort of exposure to international cricket I get is bonus at the moment and I am trying to use it to build up a repertoire of experiences in different situations and that will stand me in good stead.”