Finn desperate to gatecrash England party

ENGLAND fast bowler Steven Finn is determined to not miss out on another famous victory after declaring himself fit for the third Test against India, which starts tomorrow in Kolkata.

A thigh injury ruled Finn out of the first two Tests, including England’s impressive 10 wicket win last week, but he is in contention to replace Stuart Broad in the bowling attack following the vice-captain’s failure to take a wicket yet in the four-Test series.

The 23-year-old hopes to be picked ahead of Broad after coming through six overs in the nets unscathed during training yesterday, as England search for their first Test series victory in India for almost 28 years.

“It was difficult knowing that the lads were there in Mumbai, celebrating a win and being together, and I was on the other side [of the city] watching it on the TV,” said Finn. “It was a strange feeling and something I didn’t enjoy missing out on, so I’m definitely keen to get in on the act if that happens this time.”

Finn hopes to win his 17th England cap on Wednesday, having claimed 66 wickets in his previous 16 England Tests.

“My recovery has gone well and I’m geared towards playing if selected,” added Finn. “I feel confident running around and moving about. Hopefully I’m fully fit. I’ve been in good rhythm. I had a good run-out in the EPP [tour] game the other day; I feel good.”