Steven Finn to replace Ben Stokes for third Test

Steven Finn in training ahead of the third Test at Edgbaston.
Steven Finn in training ahead of the third Test at Edgbaston.
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England have opted top pick fast bowler Steven Finn to replace the injured all-rounder Ben Stokes for the third Test against Pakistan at Edgbaston.

Finn, who took part in the first Test against Pakistan, was dropped for the second Test but finds himself back in the playing XI due to the calf injury sustained by Stokes.

It was a choice for England to pick either Finn or Jake Ball and skipper Alastair Cook admitted that it was a tough call, but revealed the decision was made to pick the player with a “proven Test record”.

“At 2am today I was wide awake thinking about it,” said Cook.

"We've gone for a guy with a proven Test record who has a knack of picking up wickets.”

The last time Finn played a Test at Edgbaston, he took eight wickets in the third Ashes Test against Australia in 2015, claiming the man of the match award in an eight-wicket win.

Meanwhile, England have also decided to persist with Moeen Ali as the lone spinner in the side keeping the leg-spinner Adil Rashid on the sidelines.

England XI:

Alastair Cook (capt), Alex Hales, Joe Root, James Vince, Gary Ballance, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, James Anderson

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