Wednesday 15 January 2014 

Is Finn Finished? Is KP Provisionally Back?

Kevin Pietersen, Steven Finn
KP in, Finn out as England ring a few changes
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Kevin Pietersen's tour of Australia has already ended.

Now Steven Finn's has been brought to a premature end and he will return home to work on technical aspects of his game.

Rumour had it that he was having serious trouble even finding the cut strip during the tour and was therefore unlikely to feature in any of the remaining matches.

At 24 years of age, he will surely get another chance, but would the best thing now be for him to get a season or two of country cricket under his belt?

His boss at Middlesex Angus Fraser certainly thinks so and hopes that bowling at Lord's will soon have him back to his best.

England could certainly do with him on top form when India come to visit later in the year.

And team-mate Tim Murtagh reckons that Finn has his best years ahead of him:

Finn has also been named as one of the 30 players in England's provisional squad for this year's ICC World Twenty20 2014.

As was Pietersen. Let's be honest, despite some of your views on him in a previous article I wrote, there was no chance of him not being named in this squad.

The reason? As I understand it, England are not obliged to pick their 15-man squad from the provisional squad. In all likelihood, they will, but the main purpose served by the naming of preliminary squads is for the ICC and us media people to do our research and produce things like player profiles ahead of the tournament.

A provisional squad is rather like a provisional driving license. It's nice to have, but it doesn't really get you anywhere. At least not without some support.

Which is exactly what both Finn and Pietersen need in the coming weeks and months.

What are your thoughts on both Finn's troubles in Australia and England's provisional squad? Do Moeen Ali, Harry Gurney, James Taylor or James Vince have any chance of making the final squad?

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