Steven Finn recalled to England squad

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Middlesex's Steven Finn will be hoping to rekindle his England career after being recalled for the fourth Test match against India at Old Trafford which starts on Thursday.

As reported by The Guardian, Finn has been called up to replace the injured Liam Plunkett who was left out of the victorious third Test, presumably with the same ankle injury that has now deemed him unfit to be part of the squad.

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Plunkett had made a very successful return to the England set-up and his absence will be a blow to the side as he was expected to be a handful at Old Trafford.

Finn may well be selected to play on Thursday given the fact that the pitch at Old Trafford is expected to be the quickest so far this summer and, with Finn's extra height and pace, he could prove a handful for the Indian batsmen. If he is selected it could be at the expense of the wayward and inconsistent Chris Jordan or Chris Woakes.

Jordan, perhaps due to a lack of match practice, looked out of sorts at Southampton and with Woakes showing an extra yard of pace, coupled with the ability to swing the ball, he could be the one to miss out if the selectors prefer Finn.

Finn has had to go back to basics this summer after his struggles during the winter. Finn had been sent home from The Ashes tour without being selected for any of the Test matches and struggled mentally with the long tour, particularly with his lack of game time. His bowling in the nets became wayward and it was felt that the young Middlesex fast bowler should return home to recover.


However, he is now full of confidence and is proving the many doubters wrong by taking wickets in division one of the County Championship. He is currently the fourth leading-wicket taker in the division with 44 victims to his name.

If Finn does get the chance to impress he will hope to hold down a more permanent role in the side. His last Test match was in the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge in the summer of 2013 and it was first noticed in this game, in the second innings, that his bowling had started to deteriorate. Now Finn will hope that his year of pain is finally over as he aims to make a
name for himself once again on the International stage.

Boyd Rankin will now replace Finn in the England Lions squad for their games against Sri Lanka A and New Zealand A.

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