Steven Finn admits the absence of James Anderson and Stuart Broad will weaken England during the ODI series against Sri Lanka.
Anderson is continuing his rehabilitation from a knee injury whilst Broad is still recovering from the surgery he had on a patella tendon in his right knee in September.
Both bowlers could return for the one-day tri-series with India and Australia in the new year.
When Finn popped into GiveMeSport HQ he was hopeful the pair would be fully fit for next year’s World Cup.
“Jimmy and Stuart are going to be missed massively because they are our two best bowlers," he said.
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“They’re going to be missed in this series in Sri Lanka but hopefully they will be fit for the tri-series before the World Cup and they’ll make a massive difference to us.”
Broad and Anderson have made nearly 200 ODI appearances between them for their country, and their injuries mean Finn is the most experienced bowler on the tour.
Despite the absentees, Finn is confident about England’s chances and is particularly excited by the team’s ‘exuberant’ batting line-up heading into the seven-match series.
Strong batting line-up
He added: “We’ve got the powerful middle order, we’ve got people who play steady and strong shots up the top and lay a platform for us.
“We’ve got some really exciting people in Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan Jos Buttler and Ravi Bopara. We’ve got these young guys who got out there and take the attack to people."
“I think the mixture of youth, experience and exuberance is a very good place to be.”
England’s tour kicked off today with a 56 run win via the Duckworth/Lewis method over Sri Lanka A. Finn picked up the crucial wickets of both openers to set up a comfortable victory for the tourists.
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