Steven Finn’s impressive run continued as he took (match figures) of 14/106 against Worcester.
He had already showed a good temperament playing for England on the Bangladesh tour earlier this year, and this excellent start to the season will have done his England prospects no harm at all.
Ok, let’s not get too carried away. Afterall it’s Divison 2, and on an early April wicket. Nevertheless figures of 5/69 and a brilliant 9/37 in the 2nd innings is impressive.
Graham Onions omission from the 4th test in South Africa, coupled with his latest injury problems, would suggest there is a possible vacancy in the England attack. Ryan Sidebottom’s chances of nailing down the spot also don’t look too good due to his seemingly constant injury problems.
With the defence of the Ashes starting in November, I would imagine the selectors will use this summers fixtures with Bangladesh and Pakistan to finalise their test side, and squad. Finn’s displays will surely ensure the selectors need to have a closer look at him.
With Broad, Anderson and Swann all pretty much fixtures in the side, there is only really the 4th bowling berth to fill. Even if England reverted back to the five man attack, I would imagine the 5th bowler would have to be a bit of a batsman, probably Luke Wright or Tim Bresnan.
The other options look limited. You’ve got Liam Plunkett who went on the winter tours but never got a game, or maybe Chris Tremlett could come good at last, none of these – along with Onions or Sidebottom – are reliable certainties.
And Strauss and Flower seem to have saved us from another summer of media hype about whether (or not) Steve Harmsion is ready to return to the side by ommiting him from the South Africa tour and virtually calling time on his England career.
With Finn playing in the same side as (part time) England captain Andrew Strauss, he could put himself in pole position with more performances of this standard.
It was also pleasing to hear Finn saying he grew up wanting to bowl like Glenn McGrath. As annoying as ‘Pigeon’ could be to English fans at times, I wouldn’t begrudge us having a bowler as moody and half as good as he was.