Finn: England will ‘fight fire with fire’


England fast bowler Steve Finn is one of only a few experienced faces in England's ODI squad to face New Zealand, but is excited to show the fans what the side can do, despite poor recent results in the format.

While New Zealand reached their first World Cup final in March, and are set to field a similar side at Edgbaston, England were knocked out in the group stage and have made a raft of changes for this series.

But Finn feels that if England play to their potential across the next five games, they can get a series win, especially as they're playing in home conditions.

The Middlesex paceman told "They are obviously very strong. To get to the final of the World Cup is no mean feat.

"They're an exceptional one-day side but we're looking to go toe-to-toe with them and we're looking to fight fire with fire.

"We know they're going to come hard at us but if we can negate that and come back hard at them, we'll be in a good place.

"They have very good players and got the better of us over in New Zealand, so we'll be trying to avenge that I suppose."

With players like David Willey, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid and Jason Roy in the side, England are very 'new-look' but Finn has faith that the new players will be able to prove their worth ahead of rested guys like James Anderson and Ian Bell.

He continued: "There a lot of exciting guys who have certainly earned their right to be here in the England team.

"We're just looking to go out there and play some real positive cricket and put on a good show for the people who are going to come and watch.

"I think if we let ourselves go and enjoy it as the guys did in the Test matches, I think that will bring the best out of us.

"It’s something we've been trying to do for a while now and we haven't quite managed to get it out of us, but hopefully having these new fresh faces in the team will help us do that."

He added of the rookies: "They'll be coming in trying to impress and trying to make a name for themselves and I think that’s an exciting place for us to be as a team.

"Those guys have done a lot of good things at domestic level and a lot of them have made their debuts so it wont necessarily be their first games in an England shirt.

"It’s an exciting time for this England team and hopefully this one-day series will be a good time for us to show that."