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Finn wants to make it playing 11

Mohit Singh, February 9 2012,
Ultimate team man wants to break into the side with some solid performances
Wants to break into Test team
Wants to break into Test team
It would be easy for England seamer Steven Finn, who has remained an used bystander during the recent 3-0 Test series loss to Pakistan, to criticise the efforts of his under fie team mates.

However, Finn is the epitome of a team man, and although he has been frustrated at his seemingly permanent role as 12th man throughout the losing series, he has defended the efforts of his colleagues, and insists that now is not the time to dissect what went wrong, and to make any knee jerk reactions to the disappointing performances in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

In fact Finn might easily have played in both of the first two Tests. Narrowly missing out on selection in the first match to Chris Tremlett, and in the second to Monty Panesar. Panesar's subsequent successful return to the Test arena put an end to Finn's hopes of playing in the final game of the series, and he remained a mere spectator, as the English side struggled to unravel the mysteries of Pakistan's three pronged spin attack.

However, Finn hopes to have a more central role to play in the forthcoming four One Day Internationals (ODI) that England are scheduled to play against their Test match torturers in the UAE. Although England's form in Test cricket until the recent series had been outstanding, their results away form home in ODI's has been nothing short of disastrous. They were beaten 5-0 in India last October, and have avoided defeat in just 6 out of their last 20 ODI's that have been played outside of England.

Despite this poor record, Finn's bowling was one of the few high spots during the whitewash in India, where he took more wickets - eight - than any other England bowler, but he was also more economic than any of his team mates, conceding just 5.27 runs an over on average. At age just 22, and bowling at a brisk pace and has developed the ability to bowl with reverse swing, he is one of England's brightest fast bowling prospects.

Finn will be joined for the series against Pakistan by other talented youngsters such as Jos Buttler (aged 21), Danny Briggs (aged 20) and Jonny Bairstow (aged 22), as England look to start building a side that can challenge in the next ODI World Cup.

Pakistan vs England

Date: Monday, 13 Feb 2012
Time: 11:00 ( GMT )
Competition: England - Pakistan Series
Live/Repeat: Live
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

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