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Steven Finn out of First test

Steven Finn is out of the first test match against Pakistan due to begin tomorrow in Abu Dhabi. The talented speed bowler played extremely well in the warm up matches against Pakistan. But has been suffering with increasing pain in his left foot.

Steven Finn out with stress injury

Steven Finn has suffered a stress related bone injury to his left foot and will need time to recover. Finn will need to ensure that he is fully rested if he is to be fit for the second test.

During the pre-match press conference England’s captain, Alastair Cook, commented on the news:

“It’s a bitter blow for him; he’s had a huge 12 months. Hopefully he’ll be right for the second Test.”

It was confirmed, by Alastair Cook, that the twenty six year old would have been included in the team. When he was asked if  Steven Finn was actually going to play Cook said:

“Absolutely, he was. His performance in that warm-up game was good. After the warm-up game, he complained of a pain in his foot. Yesterday he bowled pretty well in the nets, and got through. But obviously it’s got worse.”

Cook has also announced that he will be opening the batting with Moeen Ali who impressed at the last Ashes series. England played so well this summer, they got to bring the urn home. Spinner, Adil Rashid, is also in the line-up and will make his test debut on Tuesday.

When speaking of the talented bowler Cook said that he can bowl ‘absolute jaffers’ and that he was undoubtedly a threat to the opposition. The captain made reference to the current form of his team, and believes that they are ready for the test:

 “We are as ready as we can be. We have thrown everything into practice. Four days of acclimatising in the middle never seems quite enough but that’s just the way it is. We are underdogs but that is a great position for this side to be in.”

Author Lisa Wood
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