Finn wins out in race for final spot

2016-05-18 14:31
Steven Finn (Gallo Images)

Leeds - Middlesex quick Steven Finn has beaten the uncapped Jake Ball for the final place in England's XI for the first Test against Sri Lanka at Headingley, captain Alastair Cook said on Wednesday.

With England having selected just a 12-man squad, Cook took the unusual step of effectively naming his side 24 hours before the start of a match, with the first of a three-Test series against Sri Lanka due to get underway at Headingley, Yorkshire's headquarters ground in Leeds, northern England, on Thursday.

"Steven Finn is going to play," Cook told reporters at Headingley on Wednesday.

"He's been outstanding when he's been fit for us. I think everyone kind of knew that."

Finn missed the World Twenty20 in India earlier because of calf and side injuries and his Test career has been interrupted by fitness problems.

But his record of 113 Test wickets at an average of just over 28 apiece saw him chosen ahead of Ball in the race to be England's third seamer behind James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

Ball has made a strong start to the county season with Nottinghamshire and Cook said: "It was great to have Jake along and he's made a big impact this year in county cricket.

"It's great for the guys who haven't really seen much of him to get to know the guy and he can certainly bowl."

England will though give a debut to James Vince, with the Hampshire batsman filling the vacancy caused by James Taylor's retirement with a heart condition.

England team to play Sri Lanka in the first Test at Headingley starting on Thursday:

Alastair Cook (captain), Alex Hales, Nick Compton, Joe Root, James Vince, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (wkt), Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, James Anderson

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