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Ashes: Mark Ramprakash believes England should keep faith with Steven Finn

Steven Finn: Selection dilemma ahead of second Ashes Test

Mark Ramprakash believes England should keep faith with Steven Finn for the upcoming Test against Australia at Lord's.

The hosts have named an unchanged 13-man squad for the second Test, which starts on Thursday, and the selectors' main debating point will be the identity of the third seamer after Finn struggled in the series opener at Nottingham.

Tim Bresnan and Graham Onions will both come into consideration but former England batsman Ramprakash believes Finn should keep his place in the side.

He told Sky Sports News: "Tim Bresnan's a talented player and when he's played in the England teams he's always contributed.

"He got a hundred in the warm-up game against Essex, so he's got plenty to offer the England side.

Best four

"But right now I think that at that position, they're looking for their best four bowlers and that's what they've got to really ask themselves - who is going to be the best options to take 20 Australian wickets at Lord's and I think that Steven Finn still has a lot going for him.

Mark Ramprakash thinks England should keep faith with Steve Finn.

"And I think that England have had a lot of success showing faith and consistency with players in recent years and to drop Steven Finn after one game I think would be pretty harsh."

Middlesex batting coach Ramprakash believes the 24-year-old Middlesex bowler can use the knowledge of his home ground to his advantage.

"He's got to find his rhythm in practice, work on one or two technical things I think that he's trying to evolve into his game with (England fast bowling coach) David Saker and feel confident that he can go out on his home ground and produce the goods."

What will be the result of the second Ashes Test?

  • England win
  • Draw
  • Australia win