England yet to make Finn decision


Published: Tuesday 25th November 2014 by The News Editor

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England will leave a decision on Steven Finn’s participation in their first one-day international against Sri Lanka until match day, after the fast bowler hurt his groin in practice.

It emerged on the eve of the first match of seven, at the Premadasa Stadium on Wednesday, that Finn reported a “niggle” after middle practice two days ago.

His pain has eased since Sunday, when he and his team-mates practised at the P Sara Oval after their second warm-up fixture was abandoned because of rain.

England are already without the injured Stuart Broad and James Anderson here, although both are hoping to be fit in time to travel to Australia and New Zealand for the World Cup early next year.

Finn is therefore by far their most experienced pace bowler on this tour, and it will force an unwelcome rethink should he be initially unavailable.

With just one warm-up fixture possible because of bad weather, in which Harry Gurney was not picked, the left-armer may have to take part in Finn’s absence – despite having had no match action since last summer.

Finn was able to gradually ease up to bowl off his full run at evening training under lights at the Premadasa on Tuesday, having tested his injury in shuttle runs and agility exercises.

Shortly beforehand, England captain Alastair Cook said: “Finny’s just pulled up with a little bit of a niggle from that training session we did on that washed-out day.

“He’ll go through the usual assessment. He did not bowl yesterday, and we’ll see tomorrow morning about him.”

Published: Tuesday 25th November 2014 by The News Editor

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