Finn doesn’t expect Test spot in Abu Dhabi


England fast bowler Steve Finn may have taken four wickets for just 16 runs against Pakistan A on Thursday, but he still feels he'll be lucky to get a place in the team for the first Test in Abu Dhabi.

Finn bagged four wickets in his 15 overs on the day, with Pakistan A batting all day in Sharjah. The heat was such that Finn says he'll probably get a run later in the series if he doesn't play in the first match.

It's expected that James Anderson and Stuart Broad will take the new ball, with Mark Wood the third seamer, and then Ben Stokes the seaming all-rounder. Two spinners are set to be picked, leaving Finn sidelined… for now.

The Middlesex pacer said on Thursday evening: "I'd say I've staked a claim … [but] I'd still be surprised if I played the first Test.

"I think the guys bowled really well the other day (in the first warm-up match), and it wouldn't surprise me if the team that was picked then is the team for the first Test.

"At the moment, I'm back-up to those guys. But nothing is set in stone. Broady and Jimmy bowled well when they were out here last time, and bowled well the other day – and so did Woody.

"There will be disappointed people, regardless of who gets picked, but that's part of building a strong unit of players who can come out here and challenge in these sorts of conditions.

"I don't think the same bowling attack is going to play all the way through the series – because of the conditions and the overs bowlers might get through.

"So if you don't play the first Test, it's not the end of the world, there are two others in very quick succession to come."

The second warm-up game saw Pakistan A bat for the whole day, losing 12 wickets, as the sides agreed to bat a full day each. Finn said it wasn't stats that were important, but rather acclimatising to conditions.

Finn added: "I think a proper match would be ideal. But we don't have the luxury of that over here, and I think you have to use these matches to serve a purpose.

"Having 88 overs in our legs at the end of the day is a very good thing for us – and even their top-order batsmen coming out again is more of a challenge for us.

"You want to be challenged as much as you can in these practice games, so you're not surprised when it comes to the Test matches."