Finn bats away Watson bouncer


England fast bowler Steven Finn refused to get involved in a war of words with Shane Watson after the Australia all-rounder suggested his inexperience could make him vulnerable in the Ashes.


Middlesex quick Finn has established himself this year as a regular member of England’s seam attack and is set to feature again in the fourth and final Test against Pakistan at his Lord’s home ground starting here on Thursday.

But the 21-year-old has yet to play a Test in Australia and Watson questioned whether the 6ft 7in bowler had the stamina for a five-match series ‘Down Under’, where England have not won a Test series in nearly 25 years.

Australia captain Ricky Ponting has suggested his side could win 5-0 as they did in 2006/07 when, as will be in the case in November, England arrived defending the Ashes.

But Finn told Sky Sports: “We’ve got a Test match that starts on Thursday, we want to win that, and there’s a lot of cricket to be played.

“Australia have got a series against India to play before the Ashes and we’ve got a one-day series against Pakistan to contend with, so there’s a lot of water to go under the bridge between now and then.

“I’m not looking toward the Ashes. I’m just looking toward hopefully playing in this game, trying to perform well and trying to get onto that trip to the Ashes, because nothing is signed and sealed yet.”

Earlier, Watson said of the lanky English paceman: “We can make the most of Finn’s inexperience. We want to test his durability as a bowler.

“It will be so foreign for him – he doesn’t know what to expect in Australia,” Watson added.

Finn took five wickets in the first Test success at Trent Bridge but was more in the background at Edgbaston and The Oval, where Pakistan won by four wickets last week to reduce England’s series lead to 2-1.

“We’re very confident going into this last game, we’ve had two resounding victories in this series so far and we’re still 2-1 up – I don’t think that can be forgotten,” Finn added.

“I don’t think we’re going to take a different approach to this game. We go into every Test match wanting to win it and win it resoundingly.

“It didn’t quite happen at The Oval – we understand why it didn’t happen. We’ve assessed those things and we’re going to start practising today (Tuesday) and looking towards winning this Test match and playing very hard.”

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