The Ashes 2010-11 November 10, 2010

Finn has faith in ability to adjust

ESPNcricinfo staff

Steven Finn believes he is ready to step up the intensity as England build towards the first Test in Brisbane later this month, and expects the crowd at Adelaide for Thursday's second warm-up match against South Australia to play their part in trying to unsettle an unusually issue-free England squad.

England's victory in their opening first-class warm-up match in Perth last week was the first time in 45 years that they had launched an Ashes tour with a win, and Finn played an important part in that effort, having overcome a tricky first spell to return decent match figures of 3 for 115 in 34 overs.

"We copped a bit of abuse at the WACA last week in that last innings," Finn told reporters in Adelaide. "It's something we're prepared for, we'll embrace and we're going to try to enjoy. Friendly banter is good - to make sure we're accessible as people, we're human beings as well, and everyone's got a sense of humour.

"You can see the funny side when people are chirping you. It's part of what we have to expect as international cricketers, and to be able to deal with that is important."

While he couldn't claim to be entirely happy with his efforts, Finn was nevertheless pleased that he was able to adjust his length to suit the WACA wicket, having started the game with a length that was far too full for the conditions. By the final day, however, he had settled into a decent rhythm that boded well for future challenges.

"I slid around in the footholds in the first innings a little bit - but I don't want to make excuses," said Finn. "I'm not the sort of person who is going to sit there and say it was because of the footholds I was bowling full.

"It might have contributed. But I didn't bowl well in my first spell and went for three or four an over - which is something I don't want to do in Australia. I adapted and managed to bowl better lengths. It's important that process happens quicker in future."

With 32 wickets in his eight Tests to date, and with an imposing 6'8" frame that ought to be well-suited to Australia conditions, Finn has been earmarked as a vital part of England's attack, even though he has never before set foot in the country. With that in mind, he is trying not to worry about getting everything right at once.

"I was happy with how I bowled towards the end of the first innings," he said. "It was that first spell that I wasn't happy with at all. But I'm 21 years old, and understand that I'm going to be inconsistent every now and again. But it's important that I don't settle for that and I try to make myself better each time I go out and bowl - and learn every time too."

England are expected to name an unchanged side for the South Australia match, with Alastair Cook the only major concern form-wise, following his scores of 5 and 9 at the WACA. However, England's coach, Andy Flower, dismissed any doubts, saying: "It's one game, two innings. I think he's going to do well."

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  • Dummy4 on November 11, 2010, 6:32 GMT

    he might think he can be agressive and think it will come easy. but our pitches are different and so in the cricket ball

  • P Subramani on November 11, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    I am surprised to read some of the comments. Finn actually bowls at between 85 90 mph almost all the time even if his accuracy of line and length is still not up to the mark.He may not have done too well in the practice game at WACA but I eel he will improve as the tour goes on. He is certainly no slower Morkel or Caddick just because of his hieght. He will hold his own possibly more than Anderson in Australia. This Ashes series promises to be the battle of tall bowlers as Australia also have George and Hazelwood lurking in the shadows.

  • John on November 11, 2010, 4:27 GMT

    Actually, there's a nice head-to-head comparison here. Both Australia and England played against Pakistan this Summer in England. How did Finn get on compared to the Australian fast bowlers? Let's see, Finn in 4 tests got 13 wickets at 22.92 runs per wicket. Not bad. Hilfenhaus got 8 wickets in 2 tests at 23.75- pretty good, but then Hilfenhaus is a swing bowler, Finn isn't. Hilfy had slightly more wickets per test, at a slightly higher average, pretty even. Bollinger: 5 wickets in 2 tests at over 36 runs each. Whoa- that doesn't look so good. Less wickets at more than 13 runs more per wicket. Then we come to the spearhead of the Aussie attack, Mitchell Johnson. 3 wickets at over 72 per wicket! Can I be reading that right? Yep, that's how Mitch did. Boys, it's nice of you to show concern over how poor Steve Finn is going to get on. I only have one hope- that he doesn't bowl like Mitch Johnson did against Pakistan.

  • Richard on November 11, 2010, 3:56 GMT

    This is not rocket science Mr Finn. Bowl the ball seam-up, on or just outside off stump and short of a driving length, forcing the batsman to drive on the up, or to try to cut one too full and close. That's how Glen McGrath did it and his results speak for themselves.

  • Cameron on November 10, 2010, 23:31 GMT

    Finn did precious little with a decent WACA pitch (arguably got the benefit of a couple of dubious l.b decisions). Whereas Steve Magoffin was all over the English in his 5.4 overs. When Jonathon Agnew slates you (as he did during that match), as an Englishman, you know you have problems. Finn was gotten cheap test wickets at home in favourable conditions against Pakistan & Bangladesh. This series will be a clinical evaluation of his claims to be a test player. Not so sure he will even be in the England team at the 'Gabba.

  • John on November 10, 2010, 23:18 GMT

    Obviously the 4 people who have commented before me have never seen Finn bowl. He's only 21 and of course has much to learn. However, with his height and ability to bowl a line and length at a good pace, he has all the equipment to be a very useful third seamer in Australian conditions. As for anikbrad's foolish comment, Finn is faster that Hilfenhaus and about the same speed as Bollinger. He's also faster than Glenn McGrath, who was a similar style of bowler and who did pretty well, as I recall. 32 wickets in his first 8 tests at an average of 23 is pretty good going. How's Mitchell Johnson been doing recently?

  • Stuart on November 10, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    Finn is just not that impressive. Surely there is a sharper, more threatening alternative for England.

  • Adrian on November 10, 2010, 20:06 GMT

    Finn is yet to prove himself. He could be anything from an all-time great to someone who is quite laughably bad.

  • Danny on November 10, 2010, 20:03 GMT

    I would not dismiss Finn In this series Anikbrad or TATTUs. Ishant Sharma took a lot of wickets when he was last in Aus and Finn is about that pace. He also has far better control than Many other tall bowlers and does not fall into the tall mans trap of bowling too short (perhaps too full occasionally). Broad is Englands key bowler but if this lad can chip in with 16-20 wickets in the series

  • anik on November 10, 2010, 16:33 GMT


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