England seamer Steven Finn was not included in the original England squad for the upcoming Ashes Test series against Austalia in Australia. He was added to the squad later after Ben Stokes pulled out from the squad. Finn felt disappointed when he was initially overlooked even after claimed 28 wickets in 7 tests against Australia.
The paceman had hoped previous experience in Australia would enhance his chances but selectors opted for youth in a bitter blow for Finn. Having not played a Test since October of 2016, Finn’s once promising career appeared in limbo before an unexpected opening emerged. Ben Stokes the star all-rounder, who was provisionally suspended over an incident outside a Bristol nightclub, made a way for pacer Steven Finn.
“When you’re a late call-up to the squad and have been out of selection for the past six months or so, you definitely do have a point to prove,” Finn told reporters in Perth on Wednesday. “It’s not ideal circumstances to come into the squad. Obviously, I was naturally disappointed to miss out in the first place. But whatever the circumstances that you get called up into a Test squad – especially an Ashes squad over here – it’s a very proud moment,” he added.
Finn made his Ashes debut at The Gabba in 2010 and took his place as one of three quicks alongside James Anderson and Stuart Broad. He has claimed a tally of 125 wickets till date from 36 test matches and against Australia, he picked 28 wickets at 30, including 2 six-wickets haul. Latest one came in the last Ashes series in 2015 in England.In just his ninth Test, Finn was England’s best bowler when he claimed 6 for 125 during Australia’s first innings to open the 2010 Ashes in Brisbane. His accuracy and bounce troubled the Australian batsmen but Finn was subsequently dropped two Tests later with the series delicately poised at 1-1.
“The Ashes is the pinnacle of what you can do as a Test match cricketer in an England shirt,” he said. “Having that experience of winning that before and how good it felt and how much people got behind us when we did that, it’s something we want to recreate.””One man doesn’t make a team,” Finn said. “We’ve won games without Ben over the past 12 to 18 months, and we come here knowing we are capable of winning games without him.”
The tall bowler is expected to get his well earned opportunities on the tour and will add more wickets to his Ashes tally. The first test will be kick-off at The Gabba in Brisbane on 23rd November.