England fast bowler Steven Finn has revealed that he was frustrated after being ruled out from the England’s World T20 2016 squad due to injury.
Finn was suffering a calf injury before the WT20 2016 as he was replaced by Liam Plunkett. However, he was very confident about his fitness at that time as he had said to the team management that he would be fit.
Finn told ESPNcricinfo, “It’s frustrating. I would have been fit. I told them I would be fit. There wasn’t actually much wrong with me. I was back up and running within a week of the calf injury but the decision was made quite quickly to pull me out of the squad. There were still 10 days before the squad left to go to India and I was pretty much bowling 100% by the time the guys started the World Cup.
“They played fantastically and got better as the tournament went on. I was frustrated not to be out there with them, but you get over that and accept the decision is made.”
Injuries made Finn’s cricketing career tougher from the beginning of his international career. Before WT20 2016, he was suffering several injuries in the last 6 months.
The 27-years old English pacer said, “Injuries at this stage of my career, when it looked like I could have had a big winter, are frustrating. But I’ve taken solace in the fact that when I’ve come back I’ve bowled well straight away. In the past, it has taken a while.”
Finn is very passionate about Test cricket as he desperately wants to play in that format. He said, “I feel I’ve something to offer in all three formats. But Test cricket is what I desperately, desperately want to play.
Finn is focusing on the third seamer spot in England team as he said, “That third seamer spot has been up for grabs at the start of the summer for the last four or five years. There’s a lot of people out there wanting to stake a claim for it and I’m in that category as well. Whoever takes the most wickets or is the most impressive in those games will probably get the nod for the third seamer.
Finn also said that he is currently working on genuine in-swinger. He said, “You have to move the ball to be successful and I’ve been working on a genuine in-swinger. I have chatted to Jimmy Anderson about it, but he is a genuine genius. I can only do it to left-handers at the moment, so it’s a work in progress.”
Finn also has sympathy for his fellow teammate Ben Stokes, who conceded four sixes in the last over of the final match of WT20 2016 against West Indies while West Indies needed 19 runs in the last 6 balls. Finn recalled his ICC World Cup 2015 memory, where he had conceded 49 runs in just 2 overs against New Zealand including six sixes. New Zealand batsman Brendon McCullum smashed him in that match. Finn spoke out, “When I got hit by Brendon I went to things that I wasn’t sure whether they were going to work. You have to take yourself out of the situation and remember what worked well for you and Stokesy did that very well. He tried to deliver the skills he had all tournament.
“Stoksey’s yorker had worked for him all tournament and, if you look at the pitch map of that over, apart from the first ball, they were very close to being good yorkers that wouldn’t normally be hit for six.
“Ben can take solace in the fact that he did deliver his skill. He just got met on that day by someone who was having a freakish innings.
“It will have hurt a lot at the time, but he’ll be fine. He’ll still be the heart and soul of the team. He’ll still be the life of the team. And if there is a last over to bowl again, I’m sure he’ll put his hand up to do it because he’s that sort of character.”