Finn seeks fitting finale
Steven Finn is determined to complete a near-perfect summer for England with victory in the NatWest International T20 series against West Indies this week.
England have won every series they have played during a season when the only blip was a one-off T20 defeat to Sri Lanka.
Finn, who has not played a T20 international, is part of a young 14-man squad led by Graeme Swann to take on the Windies at the Kia Oval on Friday and Sunday.
The tourists have also named an inexperienced party, including four uncapped players, with several established names due to be competing in the Champions League and star batsman Chris Gayle out of favour with the West Indies Cricket Board.
Finn sees the youthful make-up of both teams as a positive prospect.
“We’re desperate to win those two games,” the 22-year-old told ecb.co.uk. “We want to win every series that we played in this summer, so it would be a fitting end to the summer for us to win these two Twenty20s.
“Obviously, against a young, talented West Indies side we’re fielding some young, exuberant, exciting people, some exciting players, and it’s going to be a great spectacle for the future of international cricket.”
When England announced their squad last week it included two players uncapped at senior international level: wicketkeeper-batsman Jonathan Bairstow and spinner Danny Briggs.
Bairstow, who was yesterday named the Cricket Writers’ Club Young Cricketer of the Year, made his debut in stunning fashion on Friday when his unbeaten 41 from 21 balls sped England to a six-wicket Duckworth/Lewis win over India in the final NatWest Series one-day international.
Finn, who watched the innings from England’s changing room, was impressed but not surprised by the 21-year-old’s heroics at Cardiff’s SWALEC Stadium.
“Everyone’s known it for a while that he’s a real high-quality striker of the ball, but to go out there and do it on your England debut in front of as many people who were there, in those conditions, under that much pressure and to take England home and win England a game was absolutely amazing,” he added.
“All credit to him. The challenge now is to keep doing it and keep doing it, but I’m sure he’s up to the challenge. He’s been amazing; he’s made a name for himself so good on him.”