Angus Fraser thinks Steven Finn's knowledge of Lord's may work in his favour

Last Updated: 18/07/13 10:40am

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Steven Finn: Had a tough time on the final day at Trent Bridge

Steven Finn: Had a tough time on the final day at Trent Bridge

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Former England bowler Angus Fraser thinks England should keep faith with Steven Finn for the second Ashes Test against Australia at Lord's, which gets underway on Thursday.

England won a thrilling opening Test at Trent Bridge by just 14 runs but Finn endured a tough final day, being hit for three boundaries in a row by Brad Haddin at one point and having to be removed from the attack after just two overs.

But Fraser, who is Managing Director of cricket at Finn's county Middlesex, thinks the tall paceman should be in the side for his home Test, rather than be replaced by Tim Bresnan or Graham Onions.

"He didn't have the best of games at Trent Bridge," said Fraser. "And it was a bit disconcerting the way he was handled on the last day by (England captain) Alastair Cook, although it was understandable given the situation.

Good record at Lord's

"He has something different, he's quicker and bouncier than the other England bowlers.

"He has the potential to produce something that the others can't and he does have a pretty good record at Lord's. He's bowled better there than Bresnan and Onions.

"I'd like to think he'll be given another chance but that's a decision for the selectors."

Fraser thinks Finn's knowledge of the ground could be a factor in the selector's deliberations.

"Lord's is a unique place to play," he said. "There is a slope going across the ground, and using the slope to your advantage does take some experience.

"It helps if you have got experience of using those conditions, which Steven has.

"It was a good tactic from Australia to target Steven but he didn't bowl bad balls and he'll be determined to show he can play a major role in this game."

Bresnan is a better batsman than Finn but Fraser added: "Batting could be a factor but, with (Matt) Prior at seven, I'd like to think you pick your four best bowlers."

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