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Despite enjoying an excellent start to his Test career, Angus Fraser says England bowler Steven Finn will have to step-up another level in the forthcoming Ashes series.
Speaking exclusively to Lords.org, the former England international played down Finn’s chances of continuing the magnificent start to his Test career.
The 21-year-old fast bowler has been a revelation since his debut in Bangladesh last winter, picking up 32 wickets at 23.21 against the Tigers and Pakistan - including a man of the match 9-187 at Lord's in May.
Plenty to improve on
Fraser, Finn’s Director of Cricket at Middlesex, praised the rate of his development, but admitted he might find the intensity of a five match series taxing on the mind and body.
"I’m naturally a huge fan of his but he is not the finished product and there is still some work to be done on him - he knows that." said the 45-year-old.
"He knows that this summer was possibly a bit flattering in the way that he bowled alright but maybe the opposition and the nature of the pitches made life a little easier.
"He’s got a lot to improve on from what he did this summer to be successful Down Under.
"I’ve spoken to Steve a little bit about bowling in Australia and we’ve worked in the nets a bit as well.
"The principles of fast bowling are the same wherever you go. You can complicate it and dress it up as much as you want but if you hit a good length, hard out in Australia then you’ve got a chance.
"It is different with the Kookaburra ball which doesn’t offer the bowlers much help so he’ll find it a bit harder in that respect.
"It’s more coping with other things that are going on because if he continues to do what he has over here then it will stand him in good stead.
"I’d be surprised if he played all five Tests because there are two Tests back to back twice and there isn’t a great deal of time at any stage to have a break.
"I’d like to think he has a very good chance of playing up front though - and going into the series he’s in the side."
Fraser also highlighted Chris Tremlett as the potential surprise package on the tour.
The Surrey fast bowler last played for England in 2008 but impressed Fraser, and the England selectors, in county cricket this summer, taking 48 First Class wickets.
His selection ahead of Ajmal Shahzad raised a few eyebrows but Fraser believes he is in line to reignite a Test career which stagnated after the home series with India in 2007.
Fraser added: "If he can show the characteristics of desire and determination - combine those traits with what he’s already got - then he can be a real surprise package.
"He could come through quite quickly and put the other bowlers under a bit of pressure."
"He played against Middlesex at Lord’s this summer (28 KB) and bowled very well.
"He was by far and away Surrey’s best bowler and bowled some really good spells from the Pavilion End.
"Against India a few years ago he bowled beautifully and though he’s had injuries you think he could have maybe played through a few of them if he wanted to.
"If he gets it right and he’s in the right place physically and mentally then he can be a real proposition because he’s a tasty bowler."