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Ashes: Duo advise England selectors to pick Steven Finn at Lord's

Steven Finn: Middlesex seamer under could be dropped for Ashes Test on his home ground

Former England seamers Devon Malcolm and Darren Gough have urged the selectors to retain Steven Finn for the second Ashes Test on his home ground at Lord's.

Middlesex paceman Finn claimed two wickets in his opening spell late on day one of England's 14-run victory in the series opener at Trent Bridge but struggled during the remainder of the match in unhelpful conditions.

He bowled just two overs costing 24 runs on the final day as England searched for the final wicket and, despite being named in an unchanged 13-man squad, is under pressure for his place from Tim Bresnan and Graham Onions.

"I would give him another go, he's the quickest guy in the team," Malcolm told Sky Sports News.

"He was targeted (on the final day at Trent Bridge) because, standing in the field for all that time without bowling, when you do come on the batsmen are going to have a go.

"I would stick with Finn. When he gets it right he's very quick and I do feel he'll get some wickets around the corner."

Gough concurred with Malcolm on the Finn issue and expects Australia - coached by his former Yorkshire team-mate Darren Lehmann - to respond at Lord's on Thursday.

Devon Malcolm says England should stick with Steven Finn for the second test of the ashes.

He said: "Darren Lehmann will definitely ensure Australia have regrouped. Everybody was saying they were going to be rubbish in this series but that last Test match was brilliant from start to finish and showed what Test cricket's all about - a test from day one all the way through to day five.

"They are going to be a handful in this series but England have just got the edge on both counts - batting and bowling.

"When it comes to the series, if Australia don't get off to a good start in the next one, then it could easily be what everyone's been talking about, 3-0 or 4-0 to England. I still think it will be close and will go for 2-1 England."

Who should be England's third seamer at Lord's?

  • Finn
  • Bresnan
  • Onions

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