England paceman Steven Finn is targeting a permanent place in the national Test side ahead of this summer’s Ashes series against Australia.
Steven Finn is aiming to secure his place in the England bowling lineup ahead of a busy summer of international cricket.
The Test side prepare to take on New Zealand in May followed by the first of two Ashes series in 2013, the first of which will start at Trent Bridge on July 11.
Finn was a key member of the five-day side that toured New Zealand in February and March, as the bowler took a career best haul of 6-125 in the third and final Test of the drawn series.
The 24-year-old also scored a memorable 56 runs after coming in as night-watchman in the first Test, as England endured a less than satisfactory three matches against the Black Caps.
Despite the Three Lions apparent failings in New Zealand, Finn was one of a handful of players who came out of the tour with some credit and now the Ashes is the target for the towering bowler.
“In terms of my Test career, it’s been a bit stop start over the last two years,” Finn said on the Independent’s website.
“I’ve worked really hard to try and get myself back to a point where I can become a regular in the team again.”
With James Anderson and Stuart Broad the two established seamers in the side, it is likely that Finn will be competing with the likes of Tim Bresnan, Graham Onions and Chris Tremlett for a spot in the Ashes starting XI.
Yet with the 6’8″ bowler having already impressed in New Zealand he may be ahead of the pack in what it is a talented group of bowlers England have at their disposal.