Finn Looking Forward To 'Exciting' Summer Of Cricket
England and Middlesex fast bowler Steven Finn is looking forward to the 2013 season, which is a massive one for England with the visit of New Zealand, Australia and the ICC Champions Trophy ahead of them.
And Finn, who will be hoping to be involved in the series against New Zealand, the Champions Trophy and the Investec Ashes, is keen to get going.
"I can't wait, it's going to be an exciting summer, we have a lot of cricket to play, some really exciting series and tournaments to be involved in, so I'm looking forward to getting my teeth into this summer," he told Cricket World.
The two-match New Zealand series comes on the back of three matches in New Zealand, all of which ended in draws, earlier this year, effectively turning the contest into a five-match series.
"We're 0-0 going into those last two Tests so it's going to be an exciting couple of months for us trying to get our teeth into this New Zealand series.
"As a lead-in to this series, that series down in New Zealand was fascinating and that bodes well for us here at Lord's then at Headingley."
During the first Test, when England were under pressure and asked to follow on, Finn played his part in securing a draw with his maiden half-century, an innings of 56 in 203 balls. Understandably, he would like to continue contributing to the side with the bat as well as the ball.
"I'd like to emulate that everytime I bat, but I'm not sure how realistic that is," he added. "It was enjoyable to get out there and bat for a lengthy period of time to try and save the Test match and I really enjoyed it."
With Kevin Pietersen having already been ruled out of the Tests and Graeme Swann still recovering from elbow surgery, England are having to prove that they have the strength in depth to cope with the absence of established players.
"The way James Tredwell filled in for Graeme Swann was fantastic and then how Monty Panesar filled in for him in New Zealand was good as well," Finn said paying tribute to England's squad.
"We have some exciting young batsmen who filled in for Kevin Pietersen in that last game and have done previously before when he's been injured. They're obviously two very important players for a team moving forward but we have got people who are capable of coming in and doing a job in their place."
The opening Test at Lord's gets underway on 16th May, but before that Finn will be turning his attentions to his county side, Middlesex, who marked their first game of the season with a 10-wicket win over Nottinghamshire. Although he wasn't involved, he did travel to Trent Bridge to support his team-mates.
"I was up there for a couple of days of it and to see the way the guys have come on over the winter, to see the way we fought in that game and get ourselves into a position where we could really assert ourselves was fantastic.
"It's a bit early to be shouting from the rooftops yet but I think we've been putting stuff in place over the last few years as a team to make sure we can sustain our performances for a long period of time.
"Yes, we have just won the first game of the season by 10 wickets but were not going to get carried away.
"We are just going to hammer home the good things from that game and improve on the little bits we could have improved on and hopefully that'll stand us in good stead for the rest of the season."
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