Finn hopes to be pain-free

06 January 2018 04:23:22 EST

Fast bowler Steven Finn is hoping that surgery on his troublesome left knee will end months of having to play through the pain barrier.

The 28-year-old Middlesex man was forced to miss almost all of England's ongoing Ashes Tour of Australia due to his problems, with Tom Curran called up as his replacement.

Finn has since undergone an operation to repair the torn cartilage in his left knee and hopes that he will now be able to bowl pain-free when he returns to action.

He told BBC Radio 5 live: "I've played in pain for the last 12 months, probably since this injury really flared up and, until it gets so bad that you can't walk or can't move, you just fight and get through by taking painkillers.

"You do everything you can to keep yourself out on the park, as you want to make the most of yourself as a sportsperson.

"But it's such a fine balance between doing that and then sacrificing an element of your performance by performing at 80 per cent because your body is only letting you do so much."

Finn has played in 36 Test matches to date, taking 125 wickets at an average of 30.40.

He last featured in the Test match arena against Bangladesh in Dhaka in October 2016, while his last international outing came in a one-day international against South Africa last May.

Meanwhile, England are 5/2 to win the 2019 World Cup on home soil, while they can be backed at 5/1 to triumph at the 2020 World Twenty20.

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