Steven Thomas Finn
April 04, 1989, Watford, Hertfordshire
Right hand Bat
Right arm Fast medium
Parmiter's School, Watford
Six-foot-seven-inch Steven Finn was one in a line of beanpole fast bowlers to carry England's hopes in the 2010s, but despite a heady blend of pace and trampolining bounce that fetched him a respectable Test average of 30, it was a mantle he did not always carry happily.
Finn made his county debut for Middlesex as a 16-year-old in 2005, and went on to represent England at all age-group levels from Under-16s upwards. He had a solid 2009 season for Middlesex, taking 53 wickets at 30.64 in the County Championship. He was brought in as injury cover on England's tour to Bangladesh in 2010, and impressed on his Test debut there, displaying good pace and bounce on a docile Chittagong surface. His home debut also came against Bangladesh later in the year, when he carried a rusty England attack with nine wickets at Lord's, in just his third Test.
In Australia at the end of that year, he took 6 for 125 to help turn the tide in the first Test at the Gabba, before stepping into the breach left by an injury to Stuart Broad to help seal victory in in Adelaide.
Finn played just one Test in 2011, though an impressive tour of India pushed him firmly into one-day contention. The following home summer, his habit of hitting the stumps in his delivery stride became costly when Graeme Smith drew attention to it at Headingley. The umpires decided to call dead ball and Finn was denied Smith's wicket. A few months later a law was created, making any wicket taken after a bowler had knocked over the stumps a no-ball.
Finn's career went into reverse in 2013-14. He was sent home from England's tour of Australia after being deemed "not selectable". This kicked off a period when he was in and out of the side, during which endless tinkering with his action left him short of confidence. He experimented with a shortened run-up, but his rhythm had been affected.
After that tumultuous winter, he rebuilt his confidence with the help of Middlesex bowling coach Richard Johnson and had success in the 2015 Ashes series, taking six wickets in an innings at Edgbaston. He then acquitted himself ably enough in England's series win in South Africa the following season, only for his career to take another twist when he lost his limited-overs place just as he returned to Test cricket.
In 2016 he took just five wickets in two Tests against Pakistan at home, and one against Bangladesh away, and though he played a handful of ODIs the next season, that was it for his international career.
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