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Warner picks out Finn as dangerman
By Tom Wald
14:57 AEST Sun Jul 1 2012

Test opener David Warner has singled out menacing fast bowler Steven Finn as the main dangerman in England's attack for next year's Ashes series.

Warner's former Middlesex teammate has picked up a couple of yards of pace and improved his accuracy since playing in England's 3-1 Ashes triumph in Australia some 18 months ago.

Finn, 23, was dropped after the opening three Tests of the 2010/11 Ashes series with his wicket-taking ability not enough to offset his leaking of runs.

Since then, the 2m right-armer has strengthened his upper body and set about trying to squeeze into a Test lineup that boasts James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Tim Bresnan.

Warner rated Finn comfortably the most threatening of England's quicks in the home side's series-opening 15-run one-day win over Australia at Lord's.

"I think he is with his pace and accuracy and to hit those right lines, I think he is fantastic for them," Warner said.

Finn showed his ability at Lord's to trouble the batsmen with his bounce, one of his short deliveries striking David Hussey's shoulder before deflecting onto his helmet and onto the stumps.

Warner agreed that England's bowling attack was intimidating and their all-round quality made it hard for batsmen to dominate.

"Any series that you come up they always have one or two bowlers but these guys have four bowlers and a spinner," he said.

"They are always in your face and have a bit of banter and try to get on top of you with their energy in the field.

"That is the way they play and it is up to us to adapt."

Finn is especially hungry for Test action, the depth in England's fast bowling only allowing him to add three more caps in the five-day format since playing in Perth in December 2010.

He bowled in the high 140km/h region at Lord's but said it was his control that mattered.

"The more important thing is what you do with the ball and where you put it especially in Test match cricket," he said.

"If I can get quicker then great but it is not something that occupies my mind.

"It is nice that that has developed over the last 12 to 18 months and has come on leaps and bounds from where I was 18 months ago."


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