Home > News >

Steven Finn can evolve into a much better bowler, says Chris Adams

Steven-Finn-of-England-looks-dejected-during-day-five-of-the-1st-Investec-Ashes-Test
Former England cricketer, Chris Adams says that Steven Finn’s (above) withdrawal from the ongoing Australian tour may turn out to be a blessing in disguise © Getty Images

Jan 15, 2014

The recent withdrawal of England pacer Steven Finn mid-way through the Australian tour, raised many eyebrows in cricketing circles. Yet, former English cricketer, Chris Adams feels that the break may come as a welcome respite for Finn, as he may evolve into a much better bowler.

Finn was recalled from the England squad that is currently playing Australia in an One-Day International (ODI) series and will play no further part on the tour.

Though, Finn has the record of being the youngest Englishman to take 50 Test wickets to his credit yet, he has been plagued by problems which have prompted him to make modifications in his bowling action, over the last year.

Adams, who was team director at county outfit Surrey said to Sky Sports, “I think it is a good move for him to leave the tour as the mental side of the game is not there,” Adams said of Finn, who has claimed 90 wickets in his 23 Tests to date at average of 29.40.

“He now needs to go back [to county cricket], take responsibility and rediscover the form that identified him as a fine young bowler and that that got him into the England team. He has had a great start to his England career and taken good wickets, but in the last six months it just hasn’t happened for him, with him having the awful issue of clipping the bails and having to remodel his action,” stated Adams.

“He has tinkered with his run-up by shortening it and then going back to the long one and he has got lost a little bit, so he must talk to the people he really trusts. I’m sure a break from the game will help Finn and I have no doubts that he will come back strong and become a permanent fixture in the England team,” concluded Adams.

Former Kent batsman David Fulton, who felt that Finn must introspect upon what kind of bowler he needs to be, said, “He has been away with England and worked with the bowling coach David Saker. When he returns to Middlesex he’s working with the likes of Richard Johnson and Angus Fraser.”

“Taking on all this advice from different people, sometimes you’ve just got to go out and decide your own path and listen to one voice. Sometimes that voice is your own voice. But if you’re a young fast bowler and you’re struggling a bit, sometimes you can take on a bit too much advice to filter and I think Ashley Giles has come in, has listened to a few people and said “You know what this lad needs? He needs a break.” And maybe Middlesex, the people he grew up with, are the people he needs to be working with,” said Fulton.

“I’m not saying they’re over-coached but sometimes what you need is to get a break, start again and go back to doing what you do best,” opined Fulton.

Apart from Finn, another ‘troubled’ England player, Kevin Pietersen, has been included in their 30-man provisional squad for ICC World T20 2014 to be held this year, despite talks of a rift between him and Team Director, Andy Flower, dominating the headlines.

“He is a world-class player who has been there, done it and experienced just about everything in world cricket,” said Adams, who had earlier worked with Pietersen during his Surrey days, and feels that he must be a part of all of England plans in the near future.

“So as long as he has the hunger and desire to continue pushing himself to play the best cricket he can, he should be in every England squad.I judge people on how I see them and he was excellent at Surrey at a time when there was lots of speculation about him as a personality,” added Adams.

“He got his head down and added value in the dressing room with his tremendous work ethic and was able to drag some youngsters with him into the training arena and showed them what it takes to be a world-class player. England are better with him,” said Adams.

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 24, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 24, 2014 (12:30 IST)   at Bulawayo

India tour of England 2014

Jul 27, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Southampton

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 6, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Galle

India tour of England 2014

Aug 7, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Manchester

More

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 22, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 2 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 20, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 8 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 18, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 6 wkts

India tour of England 2014

Jul 17, 2014  at London

India won by 95 runs

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 16, 2014  at Galle

South Africa won by 153 runs

Photos

Gallery: India vs England 2nd Test at Lord's

Videos

Alastair Cook jokes about his bowling

India’s wins in England — from 1971 to 2014

Ravindra Jadeja knighted by her majesty Queen Elizabeth II

India’s win over England in 2nd Test at Lord’s: Twitter reactions

Ishant Sharma pummels England into submission as India clinch Lord’s Test by 95 runs

Ishant Sharma registers name at Lord’s honours board, takes 6 wickets in 2nd Test against England

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe 2014 Alastair Cook Bhuvneshwar Kumar England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Ishant Sharma MS Dhoni Zimbabwe Zimbabwe vs Afghanistan Zimbabwe vs Afghanistan 2014

tsMS Dhoni takes 5th spot in Forbes Magazine’s valuable sportspersons list

PCB launches revamp of Pakistan’s domestic structure

Sri Lanka to look for new coaching staff

MS Dhoni better wicketkeeeper than what he showed at Lord’s: Farokh Engineer

Sachin Tendulkar: Century at Perth in 1992 against Australia changed my career

India tour of England 2014: Ishant Sharma’s feats at Lord’s

India tour of England 2014: Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s feats at Lord’s

Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2014: Dale Steyn’s feats at Galle

India vs England 3rd Test at The Ageas bowl: A sneak peek into England squad

Mohammad Irfan hopes Pakistani players will play in IPL

Fan of the Day

Fan Cricket

Fan Cricket

11 Posts | 2 Fans

Brazil vs Netherlands, 3rd place Fifa World Cup 2014 match Video Highlights

India tour of England 2014: Ishant Sharma’s feats at Lord’s

Sex Tip #26 – What to do after sex?

Idea offers free web pass to its users on Opera Mini

UN rights council launches probe into Israel`s Gaza offensive

9 reasons sprouts are good for your health

Randeep Hooda’s erotic movie Rang Rasiya will release in Diwali

Commonwealth Games 2014 opening ceremony: India make a grand entry on the tunes of ‘Nagada, Nagada’!

Leaked: Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone’s romantic video from Corsica!

Bang Bang teaser gets over a million views within 13 hours of release!

Congress will have to take call on continuing alliance: JMM

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here