Sunday 3 August 2014 

Steven Finn Replaces Injured Liam Plunkett

Steven Finn
Steven Finn has been added to England's Test squad
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Middlesex fast bowler Steven Finn has been called up to England's squad for the fourth Test against India at Emirates Old Trafford to replace Liam Plunkett, who has an ankle injury.

Yorkshire's Plunkett is struggling with discomfort in his left ankle which he first felt at the end of the second Test at Lord's, which India won by 95 runs despite the former Durham man taking four wickets in the game.

He did not play in the third Test at The Ageas Bowl, where England won by 266 runs to level the five-match series at 1-1.

While England already have James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Jordan and Chris Woakes in the squad as specialist pace bowlers as well as all-rounder Ben Stokes, Finn has been handed a recall to add further cover.

Finn has played 23 Tests for England, the last of which came against Australia in July 2013. He was dropped after the first Test although he travelled to Australia for the following Ashes series in the winter just gone.

However, following a difficult time on the fringes of the team he returned home in January and has benefited from playing a full part in Middlesex's season to force his way back into contention.

This season, he has taken 44 wickets in the LV= County Championship, helping Middlesex set the early pace, as well as four wickets apiece in Twenty20 and one-day competitions, the former of which saw him make just four appearances, and the latter of which has only just got underway.

The third Test begins on Thursday (7th August).

England Test squad: Alastair Cook (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Chris Jordan, Sam Robson, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes

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Fixtures & Results

9th-13th July: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, London
India 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
England 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
England 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, London
England 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
25th August: 1st ODI, Bristol
Match abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain
27th August: 2nd ODI, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff
India 304-6 (Raina 100, Woakes 4-52) beat
England 161 (Jadeja 4-28) by 133 runs (D/L)
30th August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 228-4 (Rayudu 64no) beat
England 227 (Cook 44) by six wickets
2nd September: 4th ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham
India 212-1 (Rahane 106, Dhawan 97no) beat
England 206 (Moeen Ali 67) by nine wickets
5th September: 5th ODI, Headingley, Leeds
England 294-7 (Root 113, Buttler 49) beat
India 253 (Jadeja 87) by 41 runs
7th September: T20I, Edgbaston, Birmingham
England 180-7 (Morgan 71, Hales 40)
India 177-5 (Kohli 66) by three runs