KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
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Middlesex fast bowler Steven Finn has signed a new three-year deal with the county which will keep him at Lord's until at least the end of the 2017 English domestic season.
Finn has experienced a steady return to his best this summer after returning home early from England's ill-feted tour of Australia last winter, collecting 44 LV= County Championship wickets so far.
His performances have been rewarded with a return to the England squad for the fourth Investec Test against India this Thursday at Old Trafford. Finn's new deal with Middlesex shadows his England Central Contract.
Middlesex Director of Cricket and England selector Angus Fraser described the news as great for the club.
He added: "Middlesex are extremely proud to have developed Steven and to have helped him achieve what he has, so far in the game.
"Middlesex is his club, he offers us a great deal both on and off the field, and we are chuffed that he wants to spend at least the next period of his career with us.
"He is a fine bowler and a cracking young man. We love having him around and are fortunate to have him at the club."
Fraser and Middlesex's bowling coach Richard Johnson have been praised for assisting Finn's return to form this summer, and he singled out the latter in particular.
Finn said: "Needless to say I am hugely indebted to the club and the coaching structure, particularly Richard Johnson, in helping me develop in recent times.
"I couldn't think of anywhere else I would want to play my cricket."
Now 25 Finn has spent his entire professional career at Middlesex after making his first-class debut as a 16-year-old in 2005.
He made his Test debut against Bangladesh in 2010 and has taken 90 Test wickets so far in a stop-start career.