England news March 20, 2014

Finn makes Middlesex return

ESPNcricinfo staff

Steven Finn had his first bowl in a match situation since the end of November as he began to plot his way back towards the international scene after becoming, what Ashley Giles termed, "not selectable" during the Ashes tour.

He took 1 for 25 from 11 overs against Surrey in a two-day friendly at Merchant Taylors' School, significantly without sending down a single no-ball or wide during his spells. His wicket came after lunch when he had Zafar Ansari caught behind for a duck.

Finn flew home before the end of the Ashes tour after it was decided that it was not in his best interests to remain around the England squad with no chance of being selected for the one-day or Twenty20 series.

The decision made between Finn, the ECB and Middlesex, whose director of cricket Angus Fraser is now an England selector, was that he needed a complete break from the game and he was not considered for the World T20.

The last time he bowled in a match was against a Chairman's XI in Alice Springs when he took none for 61. He had lost his Test place last year after the opening match against Australia, at Trent Bridge, although was part of the one-day side at the end of the season.