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England recall Steven Finn to replace injured Mark Wood

England selectors have recalled Middlesex seamer Steven Finn as a replacement for injured Mark Wood in the squad for the fourth and final Test against
Steven Finn picked 13 wickets from five matches in this season of County Championship
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England selectors have recalled Middlesex seamer Steven Finn as a replacement for injured Mark Wood in the squad for the fourth and final Test against South Africa at Old Trafford.

Wood, who played the first two games of the series missed the third Test at The Oval due to a soreness on his heel with Toby Roland-Jones replacing him in the XI.

Roland-Jones made his opportunity count as he went on to claim a eight wicket haul, including five-fer to help England complete a 239 run victory and also a 2-1 lead in the series.

Meanwhile, Finn last featured for England during the away Test series against Bangladesh following which he missed the Test series in India and also the first three Tests of the ongoing series against the Proteas.

The 28-year-old also picked 13 wickets from five matches in the Specsavers County Championship Division One this season.

Head coach Trevor Bayliss believes the team can field six batsmen with in-form all-rounders Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali providing greater flexibility.

"I'm still of the view we don't need more than seven batters," Bayliss told Sky Sports.

"We've got three guys like Ben Stokes, (wicketkeeper) Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali who give us a lot of options, so on this occasion, we looked at the conditions, saw it was a bit green here and played the extra batsman.

"There wasn't a great deal of spin, but that could be different somewhere else."

The fourth Test will be played between 4th and 8th August with England having a 2-1 lead.

England squad:

Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Tom Westley, Joe Root (captain), Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Moeen Ali, Toby Roland-Jones, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Liam Dawson, Steven Finn.

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