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.
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: The biggest fight of all time, or maybe just the most lucrative?
What time does Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao start?
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: What time does it start and where can I watch it?
Sir Alex Ferguson reveals who he thinks is better between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi
Chelsea transfer news: 'Eden Hazard will cost Real Madrid £100m - and a Galactico,' says Jose Mourinho
- 1 Woman 'suffocates newborn baby in plastic bag and puts it in her desk minutes after giving birth'
- 3 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 5 Chinese student carries disabled friend to school every day for three years
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove