Finn an ‘Ashes weapon’ for England

Former Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist believes that young England fast bowler Steven Finn can prove to be a handful during the Ashes.

Gilchrist’s comments came after Finn earned rave reviews for his first home Test against Bangladesh at Lord’s last week, where he recorded match figures of nine for 187.

“I think the Aussies will be keeping an eye on him this summer because he will be suited to Australian conditions. I`ve not met him in person so I don`t know how tall he is, but from watching him on TV, anyone coming from that height and with the stature he has will benefit in Australian conditions,” Gilchrist was quoted as saying.

“In a couple of grounds especially where there is a lot of bounce it will be a nice benefit for England to have. I saw him play in Bangladesh on TV when I was in India. It’s a hard slog for everyone out there, but the way he came out here at Lord`s and got nine wickets was no surprise with the style he bowls,” he added.

The 38-year-old also admitted that Finn’s pace, height and bounce are comparable to Australian great Glenn McGrath.

“He runs in and doesn’t try to do anything spectacular and often gets spectacular results. Glenn McGrath proved that`s possible,” Gilchrist said.

“There`s a lot to happen between now and the Ashes and I hope for his sake he will be fit and in the team because if he is it will make it a bigger spectacle and a better event,” he added.



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