Fast-bowler Steven Finn says he is ready to step up and take responsibility as England’s most experienced bowler in their tour of Sri Lanka.
With James Anderson and Stuart Broad both ruled out of the seven-match series it leaves Finn to lead the attack of an inexperienced strike-force.
Finn says he is relishing the opportunity to pass on his experience to the likes of Harry Gurney and Ben Stokes. “I am looking forward to getting over there and being part of a young, exciting squad," he exclusively told GiveMeSport.
“As a player who has played a fair amount of cricket and bowled in Sri Lankan conditions before I am hoping I can help, especially the younger guys who might not have bowled or played there before to really make an impact in this series”
England’s opening match of the tour is tomorrow against a Sri Lanka A side and Finn thinks it is important to adjust quickly to the sub-continent conditions.
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“They are going to be different conditions obviously but it’s actually getting there and talking about how we adapt and how we are going to learn that communication that comes from that, will only stand us in good stead after Christmas.”
After the Sri Lanka tour, England move on to Australia to participate in a tri-series against the hosts and India. Facing the top two teams in the current ODI world rankings will be the perfect preparation for the World Cup next February but Finn has his sights on overcoming Sri Lanka first.
He said: “To play seven one-day internationals against a very experienced team in their own back yard I think will harness us up and get us into battle mode for the next three or months to come.”