Finn will bounce back, insists David Saker

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“He does need a lot of bowling because he’s getting his body used to a new action but I’m sure if we get enough overs into him he will put himself into consideration”

England bowling coach David Saker has announced that he is confident pace bowler Steven Finn will bounce back from the bowling slump he is currently experiencing.

Finn has not represented England in a Test match ever since he was dropped after the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge in July.

However, Finn looked to be back to his best during Australia’s first warm-up match against Western Australia in Perth.

“He’s going through a transformation in his action and he’s done a lot of work with Kevin Shine and Richard Johnson on it,” Saker said. “I think there are some good signs there, particularly in that last spell. He does need a lot of bowling because he’s getting his body used to a new action but I’m sure if we get enough overs into him he will put himself into consideration.”

Finn was dropped during the last Ashes series since his line and length was all over the place, which resulted in him getting pummeled by the Australian batsmen.

 

However, Saker came to the defence of Finn, stating that while he may be expensive at times, he makes up for it by taking wickets.

“I think he’s coped really well with setbacks,” Saker added. “He’ s a fantastic character and professional to have around the group. He does everything right and is very likeable. He will continue to do things right.

“Most cricketers have times in their career when it doesn’t click for them but we know how good he is and how good he’s been and we’ll spend a lot of time with him to make sure we get him back to where we was.”

Saker also took the opportunity to speak about pace bowler Tim Bresnan, who has been included in the Ashes squad, but is still recovering from the lower back stress fracture he sustained during the fourth Ashes Test in Durham.

“Bresnan is slowly working into it but at this stage it’s unrealistic to think he will be ready for the first Test,” Saker said. “We’ll just try to build some overs into him and he’s a good chance to be available for the second Test. It’s mainly in the hands of the medical staff but having him in the wings is always handy.”

With Bresnan highly unlikely to play the first Ashes Test in Brisbane, Saker noted that Finn, Chris Tremlett, Boyd Rankin and Ben Stokes all have an equal chance of occupying his spot on the roster.

“That final bowling place is most definitely still open,” Saker said. “There was nothing one player did in this match that made him jump anybody and there was nothing anyone did that took them out of consideration. We’ve got two more games and I’m sure all three will get opportunities again.

“I’ve got an open mind because although they’re all tall they all bring different dimensions to the game. Tremlett can swing the ball and his record last time over here was outstanding. Finn has a fantastic strike-rate and Rankin has been exceptional so they’re all exciting and they’ve all got reasons why we should pick them. That’s a healthy thing when they’re all fighting for one spot.”

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