Finn: I have to make it difficult to leave me out

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Fast bowler Steven Finn is determined to feature in England's playing XI, come the Ashes series in November.

Fast bowler Steven Finn is determined to feature in England's playing XI, come the Ashes series in November.

Finn, who played only the first of five Tests against Australia earlier this year, has been named in a strong squad for the return tour.

The uncapped Boyd Rankin, Gary Ballance and Ben Stokes, too, have been included. All-rounder Chris Woakes and spinner Simon Kerrigan, meanwhile, were dropped. All-rounder Tim Bresnan was not considered due to injury.

"It didn't happen for me and I've gone away after a being dropped and worked hard to rectify the things that went wrong for me in the early part of the summer," he told <i>Sky Sports News</i>.

"Towards the back end of the summer I felt I was in good rhythm and felt I was back to my best, so I'm looking forward to getting my teeth stuck into Australia.

"You learn from these disappointments. I have to make it so it is difficult to leave me out, but there is a lot of hard work before that can happen.

Finn is one of a handful of lanky right-arm seamers in the 17-man touring party, with Rankin, the talented and Chris Tremlett preferred to the Woakes and the in-form Graham Onions.

"Height has an advantage everywhere. Bounce is difficult to play and the wickets down there are generally more bouncy so that is going to be a big advantage, but we are still four different bowlers," he added.

The first Test will get underway in Brisbane on 21 November. Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney will host matches two, three, four and five respectively.

"There is some diversity there and we all bring something different which will be important over a five Test Ashes series. It's a long series and there is going to be fluctuations in the team selection and there will be pitches that suit different bowlers," concluded Finn.

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