KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
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Middlesex Panther and England Lion Steve Finn opens his series of exclusive columns for Lords.org with his thoughts on his recent call-up for the MCC v Champion County match.
Experience & experiments
Being called up to play in the MCC v Champion County match is a massive honour. There are three of us from Middlesex and I'm looking forward to getting out to Abu Dhabi to face Durham.
It's a privilege to be asked and it'll certainly beat doing some army fitness drills in pre-season!
It's a bit like being picked for the England Lions. My coach at Middlesex, Angus Fraser, gave me a call and said I'd been chosen by MCC.
There's no obligation to go but the chance to play in the first ever floodlit match with a pink ball - I really wanted to be involved.
I was picked for the Champion County match last season too but that one was at Lord's - it's a little further to travel this time!
MCC are taking it very seriously though - it's a chance to really put the pink ball through it's paces in a top class match.
There's not much you can do over here to prepare for the conditions we'll face out there - unless we turned the heating up in the Indoor School!
They're flying us out there for eight days in total, so we'll have time to acclimatise and hit the ground running when it comes to the match.
I'll be playing with some other great fast bowlers: Steve Kirby and Chris Tremlett for MCC and hopefully Steve Harmison and Liam Plunkett will be playing for Durham.
I've still got so much more to learn - I'm sure to gain something just by playing with players with their quality, who have got so much first-class cricket under their belts.
I'm still only 20 and pretty inexperienced - the match in Abu Dhabi will be my 32nd first-class game. I've got plenty of time to continue my development in county cricket.
The wickets out in Abu Dhabi tend to be quite low and slow too so it may be a hard slog for all the bowlers but you have to adapt to different conditions.
I'd be lying if I said that I never think about being called up for England - of course I do - who wouldn't? Some friends of mine who play village cricket still harbour hopes they might be 'discovered' in time for the next Ashes!
Last year I turned my ankle a week or so before the Champion County match so couldn't play.
I hurt my ankle again yesterday in training doing an agility, running drill. Don't worry - I've got longer to recover this time, I'll be fit and firing for Abu Dhabi.
More Finn Line
Steve Finn will be writing for Lords.org throughout the season as he plays for Middlesex and the England Lions.
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