England pacer Steven Finn is ruled out for at least a month with a hamstring injury. ECB announced today. The Middlesex fast bowler suffered the left hamstring tear just two balls into his second-innings spell against Pakistan in the fourth Test at The Oval. He has been let out of England’s squad for the upcoming five-match One-Day International (ODI) series.

Finn is not expected to play international cricket again this season. But the 6ft 7in veteran of 35 Tests and 65 One-Day Internationals (ODI), is aiming to be involved in County Championship action in September.

“Middlesex and England bowler Steven Finn has sustained a left hamstring tear,” said an England and Wales Cricket Board statement.

“He is anticipated to be available in approximately four weeks. The 27-year-old will start a rehabilitation programme with Middlesex and England, and is aiming to play a part in Middlesex’s Championship campaign in September,” said in the statement.

Finn was part of three Tests out of four in the recently concluded Test series against Pakistan. All-rounder Ben Stokes took his place for the second Test at Old Trafford. Finn did not have much of an impact in England’s 75-run loss in the first Test at Lord’s and was hence sacked for the second Test to make way for Stokes.

After Stokes could not finish the entire game at Edgbaston, Finn took his place back for the next couple of Tests. Finn will hope to hat his long lay off does not impact his form and is back in the England team soon.