Steven Finn took 5-33 at the Gabba on Tuesday to help England blow India, the world’s number two ODI unit and defending World Cup champions, aside in the Carlton Mid Tri-Series in Austalia.
Almost 12 months to that match-winning spell of bowling to the day, the towering quick left England’s tour Down Under, branded “unselectable” by then-coach Ashley Giles having failed to land the ball on the cut strip at the Gabba nets.
The obvious poetry associated with such a symmetrical turnaround in Finn’s career aside, his performance in Brisbane could have already shaped the future of England’s 10/1-rated lineup at the upcoming World Cup.
There was a general feeling going into this warm up series that the Middlesex man was at the back of a three-deep queue to provide seaming support to the experienced tandem of James Anderson and Stuart Broad.
Chris Woakes and Chris Jordan seemed the preferred options to fill the third-seamer role, but illness to the latter allowed Finn to play at the Gabba and alter the lay of the land.
However, that fight for the final pace-bowler spot was working on the assumption that off-spinner James Tredwell, a consistent performer in the ODI game for England, would be filling one of the four specialist bowling positions England like to use.
That is looking less and less likely considering the Kent man hasn’t played in either of England’s internationals since arriving in Oz, with the success Eoin Morgan is getting from seamers only pushing Tredwell further back in the minds of the selectors.
Moeen Ali, and Joe Root if desperate, provides capable spin from the batting spots making it very easy for England to field two additional seamers and it’s Finn who is now at the very top of that list.
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