Finn shrugs off wet weather

England

England fast bowler Steven Finn is eager to impress, despite the prospect of plenty of inclement weather across Sydney this week.

England fast bowler Steven Finn is eager to impress, despite the prospect of plenty of inclement weather across Sydney this week.

Finn, who was not picked for the rain-affected fixture against Australia A in Hobart last week, is likely to be named in the XI for a crucial four-day fixture against a Cricket Australia Invitational XI.

"I think I've had two outdoor bowls in the last week or so. But we make the best of what we can indoors. In an ideal world, we'd have practised outside – but not everything is ideal," said Finn.

"We're well versed in dealing with the weather, coming from England. So it's not the end of the world. We're not too downhearted about it, and I'm sure – if the weather's nice for these four days – we'll be able to get out there and set our standards high.

"Obviously, if I play this game, I need to give as good an account of myself as I can – so that I can try to put myself in contention for the first Test match."

Wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow, meanwhile, has replaced vice-captain Matt Prior, who has sustained a calf injury. Batsman Kevin Pietersen, too, is nursing an injury – but is fit to play after having a cortisone injection to his right knee in Melbourne.

"Obviously, we're still very optimistic that Matt will be fit for the first Test match. But if he is not, Jonny's got a great opportunity in this game to put his hand up," added Finn.

"He is on this tour as the reserve wicketkeeper for a reason – because he's very good at it. We saw him batting at number six, and he showed glimpses in the summer of being an excellent Test match batsman."

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