After a torturous time in Australia just over 12 months ago, could Steven Finn finally be getting it right with his bowling just in time for the 2015 Cricket World Cup.
The English paceman has now picked up seven wickets in his last two tri-series matches against India and Australia respectively, and now looks more like the bowler England expected him to be.
This time last year Finn had just been sent home from Australia by the then One Day International coach, Ashley Giles, as he wasn’t in any mental shape to even bowl, never mind take wickets. But after a solid season of playing county cricket for Middlesex, Finn has totally rebuilt his action and his confidence.
All this, along with his decent form so far in the Australian tri-series makes Steven Finn look a decent outside bet to be top wicket taker at the World Cup. He is a best price of 33/1 with bet365 (you will also get a welcome bonus up to £200.00 if you open a bet365 account here), and that looks like a reasonable value bet.
There are plenty of reasons why Finn looks value, not least the pitches, which in Australia are in the main pacey and bouncy and will suit Finn. New Zealand also has English style conditions and pitches, which will also suit Finn.
There will also be matches in this World Cup when a paceman may be able to fill his boots. England have Scotland, Afghanistan and Bangladesh in their group, which – with the greatest of respect – could give all the main bowlers a chance to boost their bowling averages with lots of wickets.
I’m sure England will rotate their bowlers, but when they do I get the feeling they will probably rotate Anderson and Broad first and foremost. Both these two are coming back from injury lay off’s, and England’s management – in my view – still regard them as the top two bowlers, and will look after them.
Finn on the other hand is one of those guys who it is believed needs to bowl to get into rhythm, and when he finds that rhythm, he shouldn’t be messed around with. All this points to him playing the majority of England’s World Cup matches, and makes 33/1 on him look a decent shout.
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