Finn-tastic depth for England

Middlesex paceman happy to take on extra responsibility in team

Last Updated: 21/06/12 5:27pm

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Steve Finn: has played in all six of England's one-dayers in 2012, taking 15 wickets

Steve Finn: has played in all six of England's one-dayers in 2012, taking 15 wickets

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Steve Finn feels England are right to rest three key bowlers for the final one-dayer against the West Indies - and is backing their replacements to shine.

A comprehensive eight-wicket victory at the Kia Oval on Tuesday put England into a 2-0 lead in the three-match series, meaning the last game on Friday is now a dead rubber.

With tough series' against Australia and South Africa still to come on home soil this summer, the selectors have decided to omit Stuart Broad, Tim Bresnan and Graeme Swann from the squad to feature at Headingley.

Young seam duo Stuart Meaker and Chris Woakes, plus spinner James Tredwell, have been drafted in to replace the rested trio, who could all return for the one-off Twenty20 International at Trent Bridge on Sunday.

Fantastic talents

"Both those guys (Woakes and Meaker) are the same age as me and I've played a lot with them when I was growing up. They're both fantastic talents."
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"The great thing about the squad of players that we have is that we are not significantly reducing the quality of the side by losing those guys," Finn said.

"We've got young players coming through who need to gain international experience at international level, me one of those included.

"Both those guys (Woakes and Meaker) are the same age as me and I've played a lot with them when I was growing up. They're both fantastic talents.

"Stuart bowls upward of 90 miles an hour and Woakesy has got all the skills - he's got the potential to turn into someone of Jimmy Anderson's stature.

"It's great to have them on board and it's great to have them around the dressing room and pushing us guys who have been playing in the early part of the series."

England's decision to leave out three of their big-name players has not been met with universal approval, particularly after they opted to do the same in the recent Test series.

James Anderson and Broad both sat out the rain-hit third Test against the Windies at Edgbaston, giving Finn a rare chance to play in the longest format of the game.

The Middlesex paceman, however, has played in all six of England's ODIs in 2012 and is relishing any chance to play a more prominent role in the team.

Responsibility

"I've opened the bowling for a little while in the one-day team; throughout the winter and into this season it's something that I am enjoying doing. I'm enjoying the responsibility," he said.

"Having those two other senior players missing gives me an opportunity to be an even more senior player within the group.

"It's an exciting experience - any experience I get of being a senior player is great.

"The more exposure we get at an early age the better we are going to be in the future.

"It (the rotation policy) is more of an investment in the future with the rest of those guys also able to prolong their careers and play in the more important games.

"It also gives the young guys the opportunity to come through and make the most of it.

"It's important that any logical opportunity for a rest for the senior players then I think it should be taken."

England and the West Indies were both forced to train indoors on Thursday due to the inclement weather in Leeds.

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