Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Finn continues to impress
It was a pleasure to watch a young bowler bowling with such a wise head on his young shoulders at Lords as he deservedly got nine wickets to help England win the first test against Bangladesh. Of course, I'm talking about the promising Finn.
The first time I saw Finn was in the under 19 world cup in 2007/08. The first thing that one could notice about Finn was, unlike so many other tall bowlers in recent times like Tremlett, Broad, Morkel etc, here was a bowler, who didn't believe in banging it half way down the pitch, but could consistently bowl at a good length spot and the odd ball fuller to induce the edge. I'm not surprised that Finn's idol is Mcgrath as Finn has modeled his action and approach to bowling on McGrath. He has a very strong action and keeps it simple by looking to hit the deck hard and hit the top of off stump. I wonder why do bowlers like Broad not follow the simple, but the effective approach of Finn. I don't see too much benefit in a bowler being tall if he keeps banging it short and it is even more puzzling with Broad as he crouches at the point of delivery and that doesn't help him to get as much bounce as he should. So, he should bowl a fuller length.
Anyway, coming back to the hero of the match Finn, he has shown that more than pace it is about bowling line and length. He is nippy, but more importantly looks to make the batsmen play and makes use of his height by bowling a fuller length. I do remember a few, who were not impressed by Finn when he first came onto the scene as he wasn't an out and out quick bowler, but if a bowler is tall, he doesn't need to bowl really quick as he can use his height to his advantage.
He also should do well in Australia as he doesn't seem to be a bowler, who would get carried away by the extra bounce on Australian wickets and bowl half way down the pitch.
As far as the match was concenred, Bangladesh showed that they belong to test cricket though, they need to work on their bowling attack. England too have to look at their bowling as, especially Bresnan looked short of international class, but the management would no doubt be happy about the progress, the young and very promsing Finn has made.