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Steven Thomas Finn (born 4 April 1989) is an English cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and a right-arm fast-medium bowler. At the age of 16 he became Middlesex County Cricket Club's youngest ever debutant in first-class cricket. He made his England Test debut in 2010 against Bangladesh.
Published Date : 1/20/2015
By :PK Mart
Steven Thomas Finn
4 April 1989 (age 25) Watford, Hertfordshire, England
6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Right arm fast
Finn was educated at Parmiter's School in Garston near Watford. He is a fan of Watford F.C. and a former county basketball player. Finn played locally for Langleybury CC and West Herts CC.He made his first-class debut for Middlesex on 1 June 2005, playing against Cambridge UCCE at Fenner'sHe took 1 wicket for 16 runs (1/16) and 1/37 and did not bat. He became Middlesex's youngest debutant, beating the record set by 16-year-old Fred Titmus in 1949.
Finn toured South Africa with the England Under-16 squad in 2005. He played in two Under-19 Test matches and three Under-19 ODIs against the Indian side that toured England in 2006, and in seven Under-19 ODIs in Malaysia in early 2007.
When the senior squad's bowling attack was restricted by injury at the beginning of the 2010 Bangladesh tour, he was flown in as bowling cover. He played a tour match the day after arriving, and took three wickets in some economical spells of bowling across the two innings, and subsequently leapfrogged Liam Plunkett and Ajmal Shahzad to be picked for the first Test match on 12 March 2010. He was aged just 20, and became the 647th man to play Test cricket for England
Finn was not selected for the ODI series against Australia and Bangladesh, but returned for the Test series against Pakistan. Finn was quietly effective; though he did not bowl as much as fellow pace-bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad, he picked up 13 wickets at an average of 22.92. Finn was also part of a useful 49-run unbeaten last-wicket partnership with Matt Prior in the first Test, which enabled Prior to reach a century despite only having 63 runs when Finn came to the crease. Finn picked up five wickets in the match, including 3–50 in the first innings as England won by 354 runs. He bowled less in the second Test, taking match figures of 3–67. Finn was less impressive in the third Test at the Oval, but took 3–38 in the final Test of the series as England won by 225 runs. England won the series 3–1, though the series ended amid newspaper allegations of spot-fixing involving several members of the Pakistan team.
Finn's performances during the summer saw him selected for England's squad for the 2010-11 Ashes series and he won the Best Emerging Player award at the 2010 ICC Awards. Chosen for the first Test at The Gabba in Brisbane, Finn took his first Ashes wicket catching Simon Katich off his own bowling. He later took the wickets of several of the Australian tail to finish with Test-best figures of 6–125, his third five wicket haul in only his ninth Test. He took a further 8 wickets in the next two Tests, as England won in Adelaide before Australia squared the series at Perth. Despite being the leading wicket taker in the series for either side after 3 Tests, Finn was rested for the fourth Test, which England won. His replacement, Tim Bresnan, impressed in the fourth Test and kept his place for the fifth Test as England won both games by an innings to record a 3–1 victory – their first in Australia for 24 years. Finn finished with 14 wickets at an average of 33.14. Although he wasn't initially included in the limited overs squads, he was added as cover for the rested James Anderson for the two Twenty20 internationals and the first three ODI matches. On 30 January 2011 he made his ODI debut taking 1/61 off his 10 overs and scoring 35 runs as number 11 with a late flurry at the end of England's innings in a partnership of 53 with James Anderson. He kept his place for next game where he took 2–51. In the final game of the series, he was wicket less as he finished with figures of 0–57.
When England toured India in October for five ODIs, senior fast bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad were absent, rested and injured respectively. Finn was included in the squad. In the first ODI he took 1–67 as England suffered a heavy defeat of 126 runs. He was wicket less in the second, finishing with 0–50. He performed better in the next two matches, taking 2–44 and 3–45. Finn bowled all of his ten overs in the final match of higher series, finishing with 2–47 as England lost by 95 runs. Finn finished as England's leading wicket-taker in the series with 8 dismissals at an average of 31.62. Commenting on Finn's performance in the series, which England lost 5–0, coach Andy Flower said "Coming into the series he wasn't a first-choice limited-overs cricketer for us. But he has been the outstanding bowler in our side. Finn took 3–22 in a T20 match against India following the ODI series. After the tour Finn exploited a gap in England's international schedule to join Otago to gain experience.
Although Finn played no part in the Test series against Pakistan, he played a big part in he limited overs series. He took 4–34 in the first ODI and followed this up with the same figures in the next match as England went 2–0 up in the series. Finn a gained his good form in the next game as he took 3–24, before finishing off with 2–42 to help England win the match by 4 wickets and wrap up the series. He played the first T20 match, taking 1–39 as England suffered an eight run defeat. He took three wickets in the next game to help England level the series, before taking 0–31 in the final game to help England win the series 2–1.
Finn was selected in the England squad for the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka. He took 1–23 against Afghanistan as England got off to a winning start. However, they lost their next game against India, although Finn took two wickets. He took the wicket of Keiron Pollard in the next group game, but England again lost, this time by 15 runs. In the must win game against New Zealand, he took 3–16 to help England win by six wickets and qualify for he Quarter finals. However, they lost their match against the hosts Sri Lanka by 19 runs, with Finn taking figures of 1–24 in the match, and finishing he tournament with 8 wickets.
Finn was selected as part of the Test squad that toured India in 2012. However, he only played one match in the series, which was the third test. Finn took the wicket of India captain MS Dhoni in the first innings and finished with 1–73. He performed better in the second innings, taking 3–45, which included the wicket of Indian batsman Virat Kohli. England won the game by seven wickets, but Finn did not keep his place for the final match of the series. He played in all five internationals, taking 1–63 in the first match as England won by 9 runs to go 1–0 up in the series. However, they lost their next three matches, with Finn taking figures of 2–51, 1–50 and 1–39 in the three games. England won the final match of the series by seven wickets, with Finn taking 2–27 to help England end on a high
In the return series, Finn played in the first test match, taking 4–63 as England won 170 runs. Finn was not required to bowl in the second innings as James Anderson and Stuart Broad ripped through the New Zealand batting line up. He was in the wickets in the next test, taking 3–36 and 1–62 as England won by 247 runs to clinch the series 2–0. He only played in one ODI, taking 2–57 in the third match of the series as England won by 34 runs. Finn was selected in the England squad for the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy but only played a small part. His only appearance came in the semi final win against South Africa. He took 1–45 to help England reach the final. They lost the final to India, but Finn was not selected in the team..
Finn was selected in the team for the first Ashes Test against Australia. He took 2–80 in the first innings, but proved expensive, going at over 5 runs per over. He took 0–37 in the second innings as England won the match to go 1–0 up in he series. However, he did not play again in the series, with Tim Bresnan being preferred to him as the third seamer. Finn was expensive in the first T20, taking 1–45 as England lost by 39 runs. He took 1–30 in the next game which England won to level the series at 1–1. He played in the second ODI, taking 2–68. The third match was abandoned due to rain. In the fourth match, Finn took 2–43 as England narrowly won by 3 wickets.
Following work on his bowling action and a return to form with Middlesex, Finn was recalled to the England side for the Test series against India. Although Finn could not break into the team, he retained his place for the One Day series. He was recalled to the side for the third ODI at Trent Bridge. He made 6 with the bat before being ran out, and then went on to take figures of 1–50 as England lost by six wickets. He retained his place for the next match, but England suffered another heavy defeat, this time by nine wickets. Finn was the most economical of the bowlers, taking figures of 0–38 in seven overs. England won the final match of hone series, with Finn taking 2–37 including the wicket that won the match after he dismissed Ravi Jadeja. Finn was selected in the T20 side and again bowled well, taking figures of 1–28 to help England secure a narrow win.
After being ruled out of the first ODI through injury, Finnplayed in the second match, taking figures of 1-35 in six overs. He took 1-41 in the next match, as England won their first game on the tour. He was less impressive in the next match, finishing with figures of 0-61 in 9.4 overs, as Sri Lanka hit the winning runs off his bowling. He took 1-28 in the next game before finishing with 2-53 in the sixth match of the series. with the series already lost, Finn played no part in the final match.
He has pace and height. He has an easy, repeatable action. He has stamina and strength and, now, he seems to have developed the skills to trouble good batsmen on good surfaces. It is not that he has just learned how to swing and reverse swing the ball, or that he now seems to gain more seam movement, it is that he has put the whole package together and added the vital ingredient – consistency – to his game. ... He has maintained a horrid, nagging length that has left batsmen unsure whether to play forward or back, he has nipped the ball both ways off the seam and gained some swing. And he has done it all at pace. He has regularly exceeded 90mph [145km/h] and left a batsman as experienced as Younis Khan saying how surprised – and impressed – he was with Finn's aggression and hostility.
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