Injury ends Finn's Ashes hopes

07 November 2017 10:44:33 EST

Steven Finn has been ruled out of the Ashes with the knee injury that has plagued him over the past week.

Middlesex fast bowler Finn will miss the remainder of England's tour of Australia after scans revealed that he has a torn left knee cartilage.

The 28-year-old sustained the injury during practice last week in Perth and will now return to the UK in the next 48 hours where he will meet a knee specialist to ascertain whether he will have an operation.

England have announced that Tom Curran, the Surrey all-rounder will replace Finn and will fly out to Australia to join the rest of the party.

Curran is uncapped in Test cricket but made his England debut in ODI and T20 internationals earlier this year.

The selectors considered Sussex left-armer George Garton as well as Liam Plunkett, whose England appearances these days tend to come in limited-overs cricket. However, it is Curran who will fly out and join the squad.

Finn - who left the previous Ashes tour devoid of confidence, dubbed unselectable - was only drafted into the 16-man squad after it was decided to leave Ben Stokes at home while a police investigation involving him is ongoing.

Chris Woakes will be the third seamer behind James Anderson and Stuart Broad when the Ashes begins in Brisbane on 23rd November and Craig Overton and Jake Ball will contest the final bowling spot with leg-spinner Mason Crane.

England are 16/1 to win the series 3-2 while Anderson is 4/1 to be the top bowler in the Ashes and Broad 6/1.

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