'Fantastic' Finn earns praise for Bangladesh Test series heroics
Wednesday 09 June 2010
English cricket truly is all sweetness and light at the moment. The World Twenty20 victory last month has been followed by a comprehensive Test series victory over Bangladesh and the spirit of positivity that pervades the English game is a wonder to behold. Stuart Broad, who played in the Caribbean but not against Bangladesh, added to the general good feeling yesterday with a tribute to Steve Finn, England's hero in this most recent series.
Middlesex fast bowler Finn, 21, was named England man of the series after taking 15 wickets. Broad, no grandad himself at the age of 23, said: "It's fantastic to see. He's a great talent and he has all the attributes to be a fantastic bowler. It's great to see England developing a stable of bowlers who can come in and perform. When the pressure's on, players play at their best and that can only help England win."
Broad is likely to return to the England fold for their upcoming one-day matches against Scotland, Australia and Pakistan while Finn sits out. The team will be led by Andrew Strauss, who is returning as Test and one-day captains this summer after missing the tour of Bangladesh earlier this year.
During his absence Alastair Cook captained in both the Test and one-day arena while Paul Collingwood guided England to World Twenty20 success. Any suggestions Strauss might be moved aside in all limited-overs cricket have, however, been dismissed by coach Andy Flower.
Broad added: "Obviously Andrew Strauss will come straight back into the side – he's the one-day international captain and he's performed fantastically well over the past year since he's come back into the side.
"We all know what he can do at one-day international cricket. He's a dangerous left-handed batter so he can keep the balance. There's no doubt in the changing room that he fits that role perfectly and I'm looking forward to playing under him next week. He's very confident in his one-day cricket and all of his players are in his ability."
England play five one-day internationals against Australia, a series which starts later this month. Broad sees the games a chance to continue building confidence rather than a key staging post ahead of next winter's Ashes. He said: "The players aren't looking as far as the Ashes yet. "We've got an important summer ahead with four important Tests where we can build momentum."
Mario Balotelli to Liverpool: Best memes as Twitter reacts to imminent £16m transfer
Manchester United transfer news: Louis van Gaal joins Arsenal and Chelsea in the race for Sami Khedira
Mario Balotelli takes 50 per cent pay cut to join Liverpool as Samuel as Eto’o waits in the wings if deal falls through
Crystal Palace next manager latest: Palace consider Ally McCoist - EXCLUSIVE
Click here for the full story." title="When a youngster asked for an autograph outside Manchester City's training ground, Balotelli demanded to know why the boy was playing truant. After the child revealed he was being bullied, Balotelli drove the boy and his mother to the school in question so he could tackle the bully himself. He demanded to see the headmaster to make him aware of the issue and then mediated between the two boys to resolve the problem. A source said: 'Mario feels strongly about bullying.' Click here for the full story." width="88" height="52" />Mario Balotelli: The funniest stories
- 1 'Alien thigh bone' on Mars: Excitement from alien hunters at 'evidence' of extraterrestrial life
- 2 West poised to join forces with President Assad in face of Islamic State
- 3 Mother fed her daughter tapeworms to make her skinny for pageant
- 4 Pamela Anderson rejects ice bucket challenge because of ALS experiments on animals: 'Mice had holes drilled into their skulls'
- 5 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile