England’s secret weapon for the Ashes, fast bowler Steven Finn, will be kept under wraps during the five-match ODI series against Australia starting on June 22.
Finn, who made an impressive home Test debut against Bangladesh at Lord’s, will play in the second Test at Old Trafford beginning today and then disappear from the international stage until the Test series against Pakistan, starting on July 29.
Explaining the team’s decision, England skipper Andrew Strauss said: “There’s no reason why Steve Finn can’t become a good one-day bowler. He has the attributes necessary to do that, but whether he is quite ready is something we have to debate.”
He also attributed ‘the break’ to Finn’s ‘uninspiring’ record in one-day cricket and also to avoid risk of injury or burnout.
“His record in four-day cricket is better than in one-day cricket for Middlesex and obviously the workload is an issue as well. The thing with Finny is that he has come in, made an impact and shown what he is capable of,” The Sun quoted Strauss, as saying.
“That is exciting, but it is important we allow him a bit of time to develop. We don”t need to rush things too much. He”s going to have a long career and we will have to manage him to make sure it is a long career and not a short one,” he added. (ANI)