England news October 18, 2011

Finn to join Otago for a month

ESPNcricinfo staff

Steven Finn will play domestic cricket for Otago in New Zealand following England's one-day tour of India. He will be available for a month from early November to early December in a period that includes four Plunket Shield matches.

England don't have any international commitments in the final two months of the year before their tour to UAE to play Pakistan in January. The period overseas will allow Finn to push his case for selection having been on the fringes of the Test side during the home season where he only played once against Sri Lanka at Lord's.

"I felt it was crucial to get some four day cricket under my belt prior to hopefully getting selected for England's series against Pakistan," Finn said. "Therefore when the opportunity to play in New Zealand came up, I jumped at the chance to join the Volts. I look forward to arriving in Dunedin and linking up with [coach] Vaughn Johnson and his squad."

Finn has played 12 Tests and is the youngest Englishmen to fifty Test wickets overtaking the record set by Ian Botham. He has a best of 6 for 125 against Australia, in Brisbane, during last year's Ashes series but was left out two matches later and has since been overtaken in the pecking order by Tim Bresnan and Chris Tremlett.

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  • Alan on October 20, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    Two words for you Balldinho: Owen and Hargreaves ...

  • Wayne on October 19, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    You know something is WRONG with an International Sport, when an Englishman needs to PROVE he's worthy of representing his country. And a few South Africans and an Irishman get included no matter what..... This would NEVER happen on the England football team!

  • Peter on October 18, 2011, 21:32 GMT

    6'7 95mph Steven Finn against no hoper Kiwi domestic players??? Could get a bit Lionel!!!

  • Alan on October 18, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    Although England aren't touring New Zealand this winter, I wonder if this will prove half as successful for Finn as for the last player who England arranged to play domestic cricket in New Zealand ahead of an overseas tour, which was I believe Andrew Strauss in 2008. On the subsequent tour Strauss broke a run of over a year without a test century, and within a year was appointed England captain. I remember Ponting responding by pointing out Strauss had done this when Geoff Miller had a moan about Phil Hughes playing domestic cricket in England ahead of the 2009 Ashes (although Hughes flopped as it happened in the Ashes).

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