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The Finn Line: Fast cars & falling over

By in Jul_2010

England Test player and exclusive columnist, Steve Finn, writes about his Lord's Test debut; fast cars and falling over.

It was an an amazing few weeks. Taking five-fors against Bangladesh at both Lord's and Old Trafford - it went better, wicket-wise, than I could have dreamed.

That said, I don't feel I bowled that well.

I realise that may sound odd, having taken 15 wickets in the series, but I was a little disappointed with how I bowled.

That's how it goes though - sometimes you bowl well and don't take wickets, other times it's the other way around.

I just felt I gave away too many runs. I went for four runs an over throughout the series which isn't good enough - it's something I want to work on.

To get my name up on the Honours Boards is a great achievement, something I'm really proud of.

I said beforehand that I didn't want to think about it going into the Test but I must admit that, with four wickets already to my name the Honours Boards did cross my mind.

People have asked me if I knew about the MCC ticket offer which meant a few thousand people would have got refunds if any player took ten wickets in the match. I did know about it.

I have to admit though, the MCC's coffers weren't uppermost in my mind when I was trying to take ten wickets to be on both sides of the Honours Board.

Captains & cars

A lot was made about Andrew Strauss bowling me from the Nursery End - especially after I'd said previously I prefer the Pavilion End.

I have to be realistic though. I do as I'm told. If the England captain says 'Bowl at the Nursery End', I'll bowl at the Nursery End.

I'm not top of the England pecking order, I didn't get the new ball as I do with Middlesex, so I bowl when and where I'm told to.

The commentators on BBC Test Match Special made a lot of when I fell after bowling too. It's not something I'm overly worried about - falling over that is.

It's just something that happens sometimes when I bowl and I'm really putting everything into it. It's nothing to be unduly concerned about. I'm pretty young and flexible still - I didn't hurt myself.

My height was also discussed with some saying I'm 6'7" others that I'm 6'8". All I'll say is "it varies..." it depends what mood I'm in!

I've got to admit to having half an eye on the ECB's new deal with Jaguar. Full-time contracted players get to drive a Jag. I'd love to have an XK

Now I've been sent away for fitness and strengthening work. I don't want anyone to call it a 'rest' - it's far from restful, it's hard work! Enjoyable but tough.

For the next four weeks I'm working on a tailored programme. I won't be playing but I'll be working on my cricket, just not in matches.

So for the next four weeks I'll be in the gym or watching cricket. I love cricket though - I don't mind watching it instead of playing... so long as it's not for too long!

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