Gilly: Finn will worry Aussies
Adam Gilchrist believes Steven Finn would be ideally suited to conditions if selected for this winter's Ashes series.
By Joe Drabble
Last Updated: 03/06/10 2:18pm
Former Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist believes Steven Finn would be ideally suited to conditions if selected for this winter's Ashes series.
The promising paceman has made an eye-catching start to his international career and grabbed the headlines with a nine-wicket haul against Bangladesh in the first Test at Lord's.
Finn, who stands at 6ft 8in tall, has also drawn comparisons to Australian legend Glenn McGrath for has pace, bounce and accuracy.
And Gilchrist, who will play alongside Finn in this summer's Friends Provident t20 for Middlesex, has been impressed with his new team-mate's progress at Test level, and admits he has the potential to play a pivotal role in England's defence of the Ashes this winter.
"I think the Aussies will be keeping an eye on him this summer because he will be suited to Australian conditions," said Gilchrist.
"I've only exchanged texts with him, I've not met him in person so I don't know how tall he is but from watching him on TV, anyone coming from that height and with the stature he has will benefit in Australian conditions.
"In a couple of grounds especially where there is a lot of bounce it will be a nice benefit for England to have.
"I saw him play in Bangladesh on TV when I was in India. It's a hard slog for everyone out there but the way he came out here at Lord's and got nine wickets was no surprise with the style he bowls.
"He runs in and doesn't try to do anything spectacular and often gets spectacular results. Glenn McGrath proved that's possible.
"There's a lot to happen between now and the Ashes and I hope for his sake he will be fit and in the team because if he is it will make it a bigger spectacle and a better event."
England will be hoping to head Down Under on the back of an unbeaten summer as they attempt to retain the little urn they won on home soil last year.
The recent World Twenty20 triumph has seen England claim some pre-series Ashes bragging rights over their old rivals after they prevailed by seven wickets in the Barbados final.
However Gilchrist does not believe England's T20 win will have any bearing on the result of this winter's Ashes in Australia, which he believes will be a lot more evenly-fought series than England's 5-0 defeat down under in 2007.
"The win in the Twenty20 won't matter at all come the Ashes," said Gilchrist, who played 96 Tests for Australia.
"There's so much time to play before the series starts. It's great if you do win. You want to get in to the habit of that, of course, because it gives you belief but come day one at Brisbane no-one will be concerned about what happened in Barbados.
"Last summer's Ashes was a nervous time for both teams," he continued.
"England did enough last year to win it but I predict a very evenly-fought contest this time.
"It will come down to bowling. Whoever has the fittest line-up on the park the longest will get the result."