England's Steven Finn is the bowler to rip into India, says coach David Saker
Last Updated: 08/01/13 8:48am
Steven Finn: Set to spearhead England attack in India
England paceman Steven Finn is the bowler who can rip into India's one-day batsmen next month, says coach David Saker.
England, guided by Ashley Giles for the first time since he replaced Andy Flower at the helm of the limited-overs sides, are preparing for a five-match series against the reigning world champions.
However, few are predicting an easy ride for the tourists who line up without batsman Jonathan Trott, spinner Graeme Swann and Saker's lead seamer James Anderson, with Stuart Broad only available for the last two matches.
"I think that job comes with a lot of personality. I think Steven Finn is probably the one that needs to take that role," said Saker.
"We've had a chat about that and hopefully he will take that mantle."
Finn has all the attributes to become one of international cricket's most feared bowlers but has struggled with injuries recently.
Back problems ruled him out of the fourth Test against India in December, as well as the subsequent Twenty20 series, but Saker sees no reason for concern.
"The physio staff and the medical staff have said that the back isn't something that's going to be a long-term thing," Saker added.
"It's just something that's flared up, we're confident that he'll be fine for this series and going forward it's not something that's a major issue at the moment.
"If it was something like a stress fracture or coming looking like a stress that would be a bit of a worry but we're confident he'll be right for this ODI series and going forward."
With the ongoing tinkerings by the International Cricket Council on the ODI format, the latest changes allow quick bowlers to use two bouncers per over, one more than before, while the maximum number of fielders outside the 30 metre ring in non-powerplays has been reduced from five to four.
"We've talked about the regulations quite a lot and come up with our plans but until we get out there and see how those plans work we won't really be sure," said Saker.
"I think they'll be in favour of us with the fast bowling attack we have, definitely in English conditions although India may be a little different.
"My philosophy is to do the basics right and our normal plans should still work well but the big thing is the extra bouncers will be bowled. If the wicket is conducive then it is going to play into our hands."
Saker has been involved in discussions over replacing Giles at Warwickshire but he remains determined to continue with the England team.
"I was very interested in it but in the long run I am committed to getting this England team through to the 2015 World Cup," he said.
"I think there is something special coming up. Obviously there is a double Ashes (home and away series in the next year), a Champions Trophy in England and then the World Cup. It's a pretty exciting time to be with England so it just wasn't the right timing."