Finn: New era starts now

England's ODI team looking to hit back at The Oval

Last Updated: 30/08/12 6:47pm

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Steven Finn: sees bright future for England under Alastair Cook's captaincy

Steven Finn: sees bright future for England under Alastair Cook's captaincy

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England begin a new era on Friday as they play their first match since the retirement of Andrew Strauss.

Strauss retired from cricket on Wednesday, with Alastair Cook taking over as Test captain.

The Essex opener was already skipper of the ODI team, which faces South Africa in the third of five matches at The Oval on Friday.

England are 1-0 down and fast bowler Steve Finn says the future will be bright under Cook.

"Cooky was the one who told me I was making my Test debut so that always holds a great place in my heart," said Finn.

"Coming into an England team he made it very easy for a young player to settle in and just go about my business.

"That was the first experience I had of being in an England dressing room and Alastair was excellent at welcoming me in and making me feel like one of the boys.

"Cooky is a similar sort of leader to Straussy. He leads from the front as an opening batsman and setting the tone is very good for a captain.

Smooth transition

"I think the transition between the two will be smooth in that Alastair has been used to working with Andy Flower as a one-day captain."

England will make at least one change from the team beaten at Southampton - Graeme Swann has been rested for the rest of the series, with James Tredwell replacing him in the squad.

Kent's Tredwell could come straight in, or England could turn to the all-round talents of Samit Patel.

South Africa, the new No. 1 team in the ODI rankings as well as Test and T20 following their 80-run victory at Southampton, could name an unchanged team.

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