Steven Finn 'ready to go' for England in the third Test against India
Series level 1-1
Monday 03 December 2012
Steven Finn will be ready to take the new ball for England in the third Test if they need him to do so.
Finn once more demonstrated his recovery after a thigh strain in the nets at Eden Gardens this morning, and then declared himself fit for purpose if required against India on Wednesday.
The Middlesex fast bowler is thought likely to replace off-colour vice-captain Stuart Broad, who was ineffective in England's series-levelling victory in Mumbai.
Finn injured himself at the very start of England's Test tour and was therefore unavailable for the first two matches of four, in Ahmedabad and then at the Wankhede Stadium.
He bowled well and without pain, though, in a comeback match last week for the Performance Programme - also in Mumbai - and after several overs in the nets today, he confirmed his well-being.
"I did exactly what I planned to do today," he said.
"I bowled six overs in two spells, four and two, and I bowled well.
"If I'm needed on Wednesday I'm ready to go."
Finn was naturally disappointed to miss the first two Tests, but is hoping to finish the tour on a high as England seek series victory here for the first time since 1984-85.
"It wasn't to be," he said of his false start to this trip.
"But I've had a little bit of time out and I feel fresh for it.
"You can put a positive spin on it and say the rest of my body has had a chance to recover from the (English) season and Twenty20 World Cup.
"I feel fresh in my body; I feel good when I'm bowling in the nets now."
Broad also bowled in the nets this morning but is an unlikely participant this week, with England expected to stick with just two frontline seamers - the other will be James Anderson - and two spinners after their 10-wicket victory with that formula last week.
Anderlecht vs Arsenal match report: Kieran Gibbs and Lukas Podolski pounce as Arsenal leave it late
Liverpool vs Real Madrid player ratings: Was Cristiano Ronaldo the star man? And how did Mario Balotelli fare?
Liverpool vs Real Madrid match report: Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema run Reds ragged at Anfield
Arsenal player ratings
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?
- 1 Nokia no more: Microsoft drops once-ubiquitous mobile name in favour of its Lumia brand
- 2 Renee Zellweger on plastic surgery reports: 'I'm living a fulfilling life and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows'
- 3 Banksy not arrested: Internet duped by fake report claiming artist's identity revealed
- 4 Australian café owner sparks debate after saying 'No' to having unruly children on premises
- 5 Couple die within 28 hours of each other after being married for 73 years
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991 with most Brits wanting to stay in'