England seeking a 'finisher'

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England launched a search for their own version of Michael Bevan yesterday only a week after Australia found the original surplus to requirements. This might suggest that England are following the others in the one-day game but it was also a clear concession of what their middle-order is lacking.

England launched a search for their own version of Michael Bevan yesterday only a week after Australia found the original surplus to requirements. This might suggest that England are following the others in the one-day game but it was also a clear concession of what their middle-order is lacking.

"Somewhere from No 3, 4, 5 down someone must put their hand up and see the game through," said the England coach, Duncan Fletcher. "This is where we've got to develop a player who's prepared to do that, in the Bevan style. He's got to make sure he's there until the end."

England are unlikely to pick their team for the second match against the West Indies until Saturday morning with Fletcher saying selection depended on the condition of the pitch.

He will also be aware that candidates for the batting- through-the-innings role are scarce. England's side is full of biffers. Applications for the role of the quiet, reliable type would be welcome from Paul Collingwood and Andrew Strauss.

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