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"Impressive" Finn in Test contention

England coach Andy Flower described Steve Finn as "impressive" and confirmed the columnist is a "contender" for a place in the Test team.

Finn, who writes a series of exclusive columns for (see left) only arrived in Bangladesh on Saturday after a whirlwind 24-hours.

Shortly after being named in the provisional 30-man squad for the ICC World Twenty20 tournament, Finn found himself elevated to the Test squad.

Ryan Sidebottom flew home injured and with fitness doubts over fellow seamers Graham Onions and Stuart Broad - Flower called for Finn to join the squad in Bangladesh.

From plane to pitch

Just hours after arriving in Bangladesh Finn was parachuted directly into the England side playing in a warm-up match against Bangladesh A.

Shrugging off any signs of fatigue Finn took figures of 2-13 in Bangladesh A's first innings.

Bowling beautifully, on wickets which usually favour spin bowling, Finn wheedled out danger-man Raqibul Hasan in the second innings.

Hasan had scored a century in the first innings and looked set to cause England trouble again when on 51 in the second innings.

The 6'7" quick bowler tempted Hasan outside his off stump, beating the bat twice in quick succession. The next ball shattered Hasan's stumps as Finn clean bowled him with a near perfect delivery.

Finn ended with figures of 1-20 in the second innings; giving him economic match figures of 3-33.

Speaking afterwards, Flower said: "Finn... is a contender for selection.

"He did very well to get off the plane the afternoon before this game and then rock up and bowl the next day. He's handled himself well for a young man and has been impressive.

"He's bowled with pace on a slow pitch and bowled with accuracy; he's quite a good prospect."

On Wednesday morning Onions was ruled out of the Test team (announced on Friday). With Broad facing a fitness test and senior bowlers Sidebottom and James Anderson back in England - Finn may be in line to make his Test debut.

In the space of a few weeks, Finn has gone from England Lion, to the England T20 squad and the verge of a Test debut. He'll write about it all, exclusively, for

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