Steven Finn must be managed carefully by England

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It is hard to complain too much when news filters through of a bowling attack that helped a side win a match comfortably by an innings in the Test match at Old Trafford is unchanged for the final game at The Oval.

However, given the circumstances of who has been left out, the England management and selectors just need to keep a wary eye on how they are handling the man who keeps missing out on their team by the narrowest margin; Steven Finn.

Mismanaged in the winter

Finn spent the winter debacle carrying the drinks around for his teammates in Australia before being told he wasn’t fit to play and that he should spend some time in county cricket to get his rhythm back.

This is exactly what he has done, and he has been rewarded with a recall into the England fold, and yet he is still not being selected to play.

This is a problem because Finn is a confidence bowler; he bowls best when the people around him believe in him and encourage him, and this continuous unwillingness to pick him in the match day eleven is the exact opposite of the treatment he needs.

Strength in depth

There is some concern over how expensive Finn can be, but the fact is he takes wickets and this is what England need; not a containment bowler but an out and out strike bowler to James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

Chris Woakes and Chris Jordan both bowled a good line and length in the Test at Old Trafford but neither looked like blowing the opposition away and the damage was truly done in that match by Anderson, Broad and Ali.

If you are not going to play a bowler like Finn on that Old Trafford pitch, where will he play?

Time to give Finn a chance surely?

He should not be brought into the squad just to carry drinks for the team. If he is not going to bowl for his country, he should be sent back to his county to bowl for them and told to prove that he is too good to miss out on a place.

When a pundit as eminent as Michael Holding says he would have you in his team in every game he picked a team for, you know you must be doing something right, Finn just has to be allowed to do it often enough to prove he is undroppable.

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