Pacers can do well in sub-continent: Finn

While it is believed that spinners play the pivotal role in Test matches in the sub-continent, Finn begged to differ.

Kolkata: The look on Steven Finn’s face said it all when asked how the match wicket seems to be panning out.

“The practice wicket has played well. There is a little help for everyone. Hopefully there is going to be a little bit of it for everyone in the Test wicket as well. I haven’t really taken a good look, but what I understood is that the wicket will help the pacers and batsmen early on before the spinners come into play,” he told reporters on Monday.

“The bounce on the practice wicket is very even and if that is any indication to go by, I think it should be a good Test match.”

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While it is believed that spinners play the pivotal role in Test matches in the sub-continent, Finn begged to differ.

“I enjoy bowling in the sub-continent. It poses a challenge to the pacers and they need to be really good with their variations. Bowlers coming into the sub-continent need to be good exponents of reverse swing. Also, pacers need to bowl in short bursts and I personally enjoy being challenged. I wouldn’t change the way I bowl just because I am used in short bursts,” he said.

“Our spinners might have taken 19 wickets, but fast bowlers do have a role to play. World-class pacers have come here and taken wickets. I guess they are a bit under-rated, but they are needed just as much.”

Commenting on his unexpected injury during the opening warmup game against India A in Mumbai, Finn said: “I was majorly disappointed. I felt a pop feeling and that was alien to me as it never happened to me before. I felt I had a chance to play in first Test, but anyway, I like to look at the positives and I feel the injury provided me a good chance to recover and freshen up after the World T20. At one point, I did think that I might have to leave early, but the great support staff that we have, now I feel nothing.”

Finn says the series against India means a lot to the team and if England have to regain the No. 1 slot in Test cricket, they need to win in the sub-continent.

“This is a big series for us. India have a very formidable record in their own backyard and are full of world-class performers. We wanted to win even in Pakistan and Sri Lanka, but couldn’t. But we need to win here to be No. 1 again,” he said.

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