A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: England have to start their road to recovery by beating India, says Steven Finn

Finn knows that this series is set to be one of the toughest England will have played in the entire year

England pace bowler Steven Finn has revealed that the national team will be looking for a fresh start when they square off with India in the upcoming Test series.

Finn was part of the England squad that lost their world number one Test team ranking to South Africa over the summer, and he stated that the team’s road to recovery would begin by beating India at home, which was last accomplished in the 1984-1985 series.

The 2-0 defeat against South Africa led to an extremely difficult period for the team, as Test captain Andrew Strauss retired amongst the entire Kevin Pietersen saga.

Strauss’ opening partner Alastair Cook has been handed the reigns, while Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad was named as the new vice-captain, and together, they will look to lead the team to victory against the Indians, who have a reputation of being unstoppable at home.

Finn knows that the England squad have a point to prove after losing to South Africa, and noted that the 2010-2011 Ashes series should serve as an inspiration to the entire team.

“It is almost a fresh start for us, the Test team hasn’t played together since August so we’ve had a bit of time and we’ve got a new captain who will have his own ideas how he wants the team to move forward. There are a few fresh faces in the squad and I think we like proving people wrong. We like rearing our backs up in the face of adversity. It is something we’re excited about, I don’t think an England team have won out there for 27 years so we’re looking to do a similar thing to what we did in Australia, by breaking those sort of records,” Finn said.

Many people are expecting the tour to test Cook’s captaincy skills to the limit, as he has to ensure that Pietersen does not get up to his old tricks, while also deciphering a plan on how to take the fight to the Indian spinners without losing a bunch of wickets in the process.

Despite what Pietersen did over the summer, Finn noted that he was excited to be playing alongside the South African-born batsman once again.

“He is a world class player and has produced some splendid innings that have won us games so I think it’s great to have him back and good for English cricket,” Finn said.

Meanwhile, India will be looking to avenge the 4-0 whitewashing they received at the hands of England in 2011.

With critics constantly pointing out England’s failure to read the subcontinent conditions, Finn stated that it was time to prove them wrong.

“We have a massive point to prove, we have to prove to the general public, to the people who comment on the game and to people within the game. If we want to be the number one side in the world again and get that mantle back we have to be able to perform in subcontinental conditions. We have done a lot of work since we played Pakistan earlier this year, as a unit and as a team, developing skills that we will need in the subcontinent – playing against spin, using old balls on wickets that aren’t doing much. We have done a lot of work to refine our game to become better in the subcontinent and hopefully that will bear fruit on this tour,” Finn added.

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