Finn likely to miss fourth South Africa Test


Steven Finn is likely to sit out England's fourth Test in South Africa due to a side strain, head coach Trevor Bayliss confirmed.

Fast bowler Finn struggled with tightness in his left side as England, led by Stuart Broad's second-innings heroics, secured a seven-wicket win in Johannesburg and an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-match series.

Chris Woakes appears best-placed to take Finn's place at Centurion, having deputised for James Anderson in the series opener, but Chris Jordan and Mark Footitt are also vying to fill the void.

"I doubt very much whether he'll be available for the next Test," Bayliss said of Finn.

"We'll have to wait and see how bad it is and make a decision on the one-day and Twenty20 series.

"But at this stage it looks like we have to make a replacement heading into the last Test.

"That's unfortunate because I thought he was probably our most dangerous bowler in the first two Tests."

Finn was left out of the original squad having missed the previous series against Pakistan with a foot injury, but was called up after proving his fitness.