Steven Finn had taken figures of 1-55 at the end of 3rd Day's play © Getty Images
Steven Finn had taken figures of 1-55 at the end of 3rd Day’s play © Getty Images

England fast bowler Steven Finn hasn’t had a good outing yet in the first two Tests against Sri Lanka. The quickie has looked the weakest link in England’s bowling attack. He has taken only 1 wicket in the match being played at Chester-le-Street, that of Kaushal Silva in Sri Lanka’s 2nd innings. Meanwhile, England bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad have looked dangerous and looked in rhythm too. Finn, like Nick Compton has been on the receiving end of criticism, especially after his team couldn’t bowl out the visitors and finish the match on the 3rd day of the Test. Sri Lanka’s lower order had fought back to stay alive in the Test. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: England  vs  Sri Lanka , 2nd Test match, Chester-le Street

Finn’s pace has certainly come down since last summer, when he ripped through the Australian batting in the Ashes, taking an 8-wicket haul at Edgbaston. The 27-year old although accepted that his fitness levels had dropped when he spoke at the end of the 3rd Day’s play. Finn said – “I came out after tea to get in a more of a fight with the batman and try and have more intent on a wicket where it was doing nothing from a fuller length. I was just trying to run in as hard as I could. It is no secret I’ve been searching for rhythm this summer and in this series. It’s been there in patches.  I feel as though it is getting there and spells like that, when you smash the deck, help with your rhythm because you are not thinking about yourself, just what is happening at the other end.  It’s just about trying to find more consistency. My body is fine, I’m just trying to get in a battle and take wickets for England.”

Meanwhile, Chris Woakes, who returned to the side after Ben Stokes’ injury has impressed with his career-best figures of 3-9 in Sri Lanka’s 2nd Innings. With Mark Wood returning to bowling this week after an injury and Stokes’ ready to come back in to the side for the 3rd and final Test at Lord’s, England’s bowling certainly looks like it has way too many options.