London - England fast bowler Steven Finn is grateful for the time out
in the middle as he was able to bowl ten overs in a warm-up game against a BCB
Finn has yet to take a wicket on the tour but is happy with
how he is bowling and expects the seamers to play a support role in this
The seamer conceded things could be tough for the quicks up
front saying: "I think we'll have to readjust our expectations of what the
new ball is going to do over here.
"The new ball, with the way there's no conventional
swing, the hardness of the ball seems to make it come onto the ball a little
"I think the first three hours are the warmest and then
it seems to tail off in the afternoon a little bit. Those first two hours were
very, very hot. [We will have to see] whether we change our game plan a little
bit and be slightly more defensive and wait for them to come to us.
"We could have been quicker to realise the fact we
couldn't attack so much with the new ball, but I think the way we addressed it,
and after that the way we stuck to our plans, was really good. We dried them up
and you can cause rash shots through drying their batsmen up."
The big fast bowler realizes that he may not play in
Chittagong with England likely to push Moeen Ali up the order to allow three
spinners to play.
Zafar Ansari strengthened his case for a Test debut by
taking four wickets against the BCB XI while fellow tweaker Gareth Batty picked
up a brace of sticks.
Finn added: "I sort of viewed these two games as an
opportunity for me to show what I can do.
"I do enjoy bowling in the subcontinent, I enjoy the
reverse swing aspect of it, I enjoy the fact that you have to put in to get
something out of the wicket.
"I think I've got a relatively good record in the
subcontinent, so I just wanted to come and put my hand up.
"Realistically, I'm probably outside of those top three
seamers at the moment because of the way [Chris] Woakes, [Stuart] Broad and
[Ben] Stokes have bowled in the summer but I think that my job, and anyone on
the fringe of the squad, is just to keep pushing and keep trying to put your
hand up to get in the team.
"I felt in good rhythm today, I felt in good rhythm in
the nets, it's just about keeping your name out there. I felt rushed a little
bit in my first spell but adjusted that to the second spell and felt good
today, where it's just about having a really simple game plan.
"I like Gareth Batty's improvement in every format of
cricket. He's a real experienced head to talk to the other spinners whilst he's
been here and he's been great.
"I thought Zafar has bowled with a really good pace
over the last two days, was aggressive and the way he spun the ball for a
finger [spinner] was really good, and Mo bowled like Mo does today and I
thought he bowled a good solid nine-over spell.
"I think everyone's in good order going into the first
Test match and if we get a good day's batting under our belts tomorrow, we'll
be really well equipped to go and win this Test."