Finn cool over Ashes prospects

22 September 2017 02:42:31 EST

Middlesex fast bowler Steven Finn hopes that he has returned to form at just the right time to force his way into England's Ashes squad selection picture.

The 28-year-old took 8-79 to propel his county to a potentially crucial 36-run victory over Lancashire at Lord's, with Middlesex taking a huge stride towards County Championship division one safety in the process.

I think I could add to whatever group goes down there.

Steven Finn

After that victory home skipper and former Australia batsman Adam Voges suggested that Finn should be in the mix for a trip Down Under, with the paceman having played 36 Test matches to date.

Seven of those appearances have come against the Australians, with Finn claiming 28 wickets at an average of 30.39, including two five-wicket hauls and his Test-best figures of 6/79 just over two years ago at Edgbaston.

However, Finn refused to get carried away by the prospect of an Ashes recall, telling reporters: "We'll see what happens. I'm pretty content with where my game's at.

"It's up to the selectors and whoever picks the team to see who goes Down Under. It's a really exciting opportunity and really exciting prospect to potentially - hopefully - be in the mix.

"I've got experience in playing down there in both one-day internationals and Test matches - good and bad. I think I could add to whatever group goes down there."

Finn played three Tests during the victorious 2010/11 tour of Australia, taking 14 wickets before being dropped for the final two matches of a series which England won 3-1.

The tourists are 33/1 to win 3-1 in Australia this time around, with a 2-2 drawn series priced at 18/1 and a 3-1 Australia victory available at 6/1.

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