Finn grateful for workout


England fast bowler Steven Finn is grateful for the time out in the middle as he was able to bowl ten overs in a warm-up game against a BCB XI.

Finn has yet to take a wicket on the tour but is happy with how he is bowling and expects the seamers to play a support role in this series.

The seamer conceded things could be tough for the quicks up front saying: “I think we’ll have to readjust our expectations of what the new ball is going to do over here.

“The new ball, with the way there’s no conventional swing, the hardness of the ball seems to make it come onto the ball a little bit better.

“I think the first three hours are the warmest and then it seems to tail off in the afternoon a little bit. Those first two hours were very, very hot. [We will have to see] whether we change our gameplan a little bit and be slightly more defensive and wait for them to come to us.

“We could have been quicker to realise the fact we couldn’t attack so much with the new ball, but I think the way we addressed it, and after that the way we stuck to our plans, was really good. We dried them up and you can cause rash shots through drying their batsmen up.”

The big fast bowler realizes that he may not play in Chittagong with England likely to push Moeen Ali up the order to allow three spinners to play.

Zafar Ansari strengthened his case for a Test debut by taking four wickets against the BCB XI while fellow tweaker Gareth Batty picked up a brace of sticks.

Finn added: “I sort of viewed these two games as an opportunity for me to show what I can do.

“I do enjoy bowling in the subcontinent, I enjoy the reverse swing aspect of it, I enjoy the fact that you have to put in to get something out of the wicket.

“I think I’ve got a relatively good record in the subcontinent, so I just wanted to come and put my hand up.

“Realistically, I’m probably outside of those top three seamers at the moment because of the way [Chris] Woakes, [Stuart] Broad and [Ben] Stokes have bowled in the summer but I think that my job, and anyone on the fringe of the squad, is just to keep pushing and keep trying to put your hand up to get in the team.

“I felt in good rhythm today, I felt in good rhythm in the nets, it’s just about keeping your name out there. I felt rushed a little bit in my first spell but adjusted that to the second spell and felt good today, where it’s just about having a really simple gameplan.

“I like Gareth Batty’s improvement in every format of cricket. He’s a real experienced head to talk to the other spinners whilst he’s been here and he’s been great.

“I thought Zafar has bowled with a really good pace over the last two days, was aggressive and the way he spun the ball for a finger [spinner] was really good, and Mo bowled like Mo does today and I thought he bowled a good solid nine-over spell.

“I think everyone’s in good order going into the first Test match and if we get a good day’s batting under our belts tomorrow, we’ll be really well equipped to go and win this Test.”