My Cricket Inspiration...Steve Finn on McGrath & 2005 Ashes heroes - Cricket World TV
England and Middlesex fast bowler Steven Finn reveals that Glenn McGrath and England's 2005 Ashes-winning bowling attack were his inspirations as he was making his way in the game.
Finn has just helped England win the 2015 Ashes but he was speaking to us during the Lord's Test - which England went on to lose by 405 runs.
He came back into the side at Edgbaston, taking 12 wickets and also playing his part at Trent Bridge, with one wicket as England wrapped up the series.
But it was Australian legend McGrath that Finn first tried to emulate.
"I loved watching Glenn McGrath bowl," he admtted.
"It's a bit bad coming from an Englishman but I loved watching Glenn McGrath."
He added that although McGrath was his first inspiration, England's bowling attack in 2005 also had a huge influence on his career.
"He (McGrath) was really the first person that I tried to emulate in a cricket shirt and growing up watching my idols in the England cricket team - Flintoff, Harmison, Hoggard, Simon Jones.
"Those guys in that 2005 Ashes series were fantastic and they've really provided a springboard for me to try and enjoy the game even more.
"It looked like they were having fun in that series and that's something the England team now are trying to get into their cricket as well."
Finn has now taken 99 Test wickets, 94 One-Day International wickets (including a World Cup hat-trick) and 26 Twenty20 International wickets for England and is a triple Ashes winner.
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