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Steven Finn is desperate for a chance to replicate his outstanding ODI form in the Test arena, after taking 11 wickets in England’s three victories over Pakistan.
Finn added three more scalps to his series haul as Kevin Pietersen’s century took England to a convincing nine-wicket win in the third ODI, in Dubai on Saturday.
Alastair Cook, who made 80 to follow his two consecutive century’s in the earlier wins, can now lead his side to a series whitewash which will go some way to avenging their dismal 3-0 Test defeat, when they play the final ODI on Tuesday.
Finn has bowled with pace, hostility and accuracy in the series, collecting his 11 wickets at an average of just 8.36 while conceding only 3.06 runs per over.
It completes a superb winter in ODI cricket for the Middlesex bowler, who was England’s standout performer in the 5-0 defeat to India last October.
And Finn, who played just one Test in 2011, feels he is ready to add to his 12 Test appearances.
“Playing Test cricket is something that I want to do... It’s something I want to do for the rest of my career,” said the 22-year-old.
“There are different skills and pressures in one-day cricket. But Test cricket is where I want to be.”
Finn was an unused member of the Test squad for the series with Pakistan, and the return to full fitness of Tim Bresnan, coupled with Monty Panesar’s comeback, means he is still far from sure to play a part in the two match visit to Sri Lanka in March.
“By no means do I think I deserve to walk straight into that Test team, but I feel as if I’m ready to play Test cricket,” added Finn.
“It’s not in my hands whether I do or not. All I can do is keep trying to perform in every game I’m picked to play.”
The Sri Lanka trip follows shortly after the conclusion of their UAE tour, which culminates in a three match Twenty20 series between the last two winners of the ICC World T20 title.
Hugh Morris, England’s Managing Director, has announced that some members of the Test squad will travel to Sri Lanka early for extra preparation.
England meanwhile, have also announced that former captain Graham Gooch is to take over as full-time batting coach after working with the side on a part-time basis during their rise to number one in the world.