It's like choosing between being a world-class footballer or unlimited cash - picking the current England Test team is, an example in, luxury of choice.

But what makes a player stand out to the test selectors? Why is Steven Finn chosen over Tim Bresnan and why is Graeme Onions not even considered?

Yorkshireman Bresnan's performances with the bat and ball have not had a significant record of picking up media attention but very recently, in fact in England's last warm-up game against Worcestershire before the 2013 Ashes begin next Wednesday (10th July), Bresnan made 105 not out and managed to salvage a respectable total for England to declare on. 

He has also plugged away and picked up a few wickets as a result of his seam-bowling. 

Bresnan is often described by the media as 'the workhorse' -  a title which he feels suits him, and looking at his past record with England, he isn't wrong in saying so. 

The Yorkshireman's value to England is one not to be underestimated; he has played part in 14 tests which consist of 13 wins and one, heavily rain-affected, draw.

Steven Finn, on the other hand, more recognisable for his height, doesn't offer that much with the bat. But being 6ft 7in, he can intimidate the batsman with his bouncers and his bowling speed which is in the excess of 90mph.

Finn has played 22 test matches and taken 88 wickets in that time which gives him a bowling average of 28.73 as apposed to Tim Bresnan's average of 32.54. However Bresnan obliterates Finn upon looking at batting average; Bresnan's average of 31.28 is only challenged by a mere batting average of 12.38 by Finn. 

They are bowlers however and therefore it is their bowling that should be taken into account over batting. Finn has also arguably had the greater experience out of the pair, with 22 test matches under his belt as apposed to Bresnan's 18. 

The fact that Finn's bowling average is better and how he intimidates batters with his aggressive approach is probably what tips him more in favour of a place in the England squad rather than Bresnan.

But what about the possibility of Bresnan taking the place of a middle-lower order batsman? Bresnan's batting is good and he has shown he can fork out the big numbers when needed, although proof is still needed over consistency. 

He is also a solid bowler and could possibly come into the attack when the main bowlers are tired rather than Jonathan Trott. 

It is a tough selection but the ECB should be happy that they have these dilemmas, as it shows that they have a whole host of talent at their finger-tips.

 

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