Finn ready to step in
Steven Finn is confident that, if he gets an opportunity in the second Investec Test against South Africa, he will grab it with both hands.
Finn last appeared in the five-day side in England’s final Test with West Indies in June, when he claimed three wickets in a rain-affected draw at Edgbaston.
The Middlesex seamer has competed in 14 Tests, claiming 56 wickets, and believes that he will seize the opportunity if it arises this week in Leeds.
“It is important that if or when I get the opportunity in the team that I grab it with both hands,” Finn told ecb.co.uk. “I need to try and remember how I bowl in one-day cricket and try and move that form into Test match cricket.
“I know I am capable of doing it. I have done it in the past. It is just about showing that I can do it consistently over a number of games. So hopefully, if I get an opportunity, I will be ready to go.
“I feel confident. I bowled a fair bit in one-day cricket and bowled 20 overs for Middlesex against Durham. It was nice to go back and play for Middlesex. Unfortunately we lost the game, but personally I feel that my game is in good order and if given a chance this week I am ready to hit the ground running.”
The 23-year-old insists the side will bounce back from their disappointing innings-and-12 run-defeat at the Kia Oval, and he hopes that the Headingley pitch can offer more to the seamers who aim to claim 20 wickets for the first time in the series.
“Coming here to Leeds it is a fresh start for us,” Finn added. “We can draw a line under what happened and we are looking forward to setting it right this week.
“Hopefully this wicket will have more life in it for the seamers, and I am sure we have the personal capable of bowling teams out twice. We have done it over the last few years pretty consistently and I am sure that it is going to be no different in this Test.
“Hopefully the first Test was only an anomaly. We were just unlucky. You need a few bits of luck to go your way and they didn’t seem to. But there is no hangover from that. At the back of our minds we are not thinking about that. All that matters is this Test match and taking 20 wickets in the match.”