TOWERING bowler Steven Finn is set to adopt his new and improved run up for the first time in a Test match when England commence battle with New Zealand in Dunedin tomorrow, and hopes his amended approach will increase his longevity with the ball in hand.
The 6ft 7in Middlesex seamer had developed an unfortunate habit of knocking the bails down with his knee at the non-striker’s end upon delivery.
But having seemingly eradicated the problem with a new 12-stride approach in the triumphant one day international series against the Kiwis, Finn plans to do the same again when day one of the three Test series commences.
“My first over will be off the shorter run,” he said.
“It is geared towards being more consistent, being able to bowl for longer spells and keeping myself as fresh as possible.”
England won both the Twenty20 and one day international series’ against New Zealand last month and will be favourites to win a second consecutive Test series on tour having defeated India late last year over four matches.
The hosts’ hopes of making a flying start in an effort to record only a second ever series win against England on home soil have been rocked by news bowler Doug Bracewell has been ruled out with an unusual foot injury.
The 22-year-old, who has taken 46 wickets in 15 Tests, is said to have suffered cuts to his foot after standing on glass while clearing up after a house party at the weekend.
Ian Butler, 31, whose last Test appearance came against Bangladesh in 2004, stands by as Bracewell’s replacement.
“We’re really looking forward to getting stuck into this Test series,” added Finn.
“We know it’s not going to be easy by any means. We saw what fight the New Zealanders put up in the warm-up game and in the one day series before that. We know they’re a force to be reckoned with.”