Finn returns for England at Edgbaston


Steven Finn will return to the England side for the third Test against Pakistan at Edgbaston, with the injured Ben Stokes making way.

The Middlesex bowler missed the second Test, which England won by 330 runs, but a calf injury for Stokes sees Finn come back into the side.

England have never lost a Test match against Pakistan at the Birmingham ground and captain Alastair Cook believes Finn's presence will help them extend that record.

"Physically he's sorted out and his pace is back up, which is when Steven Finn's at his best," Cook told BBC Radio 5 live.

"We're backing a guy who hasn't had the best summer, but a couple of things have changed over the last few weeks.


"We're giving him another go and I think sometimes, with selection going that way, people aren't always looking over their shoulder all the time.

"As a strength of English cricket, our seam bowling department is looking strong."

Cook did concede, however, that the absence of Stokes - who has suffered a series of injuries this year - would serve as a blow.

"Stokes is that cricketer who plays on the edge, he drags a lot of people with him and that character will be missed," he added.

"You want people to get on the front foot and Ben throughout his career has been able to do that. It's more than just his runs and wickets that we're missing."

In contrast to the hosts' approach, Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq did not publicly name his team.

The tourists were thrashed in the second test at Old Trafford, where Joe Root scored a first-innings 254 to steal the limelight.

"I don't want to let the other team know," explained Misbah. "We know, our team knows and that's the most important thing for us.

"If you look at the previous Test match, we let them score too heavily and once the opposition score 600 runs, it's difficult to come back into the game."



Key Opta stats:

- England have never lost at Edgbaston versus Pakistan in Test match cricket (W4 D3).
- England have not lost at home when batting first since 2012 (W11 D2).
- No side from Asia has ever claimed a Test win over England at Edgbaston (D4 L11).
- Pakistan have only lost twice in their last 10 Test matches (W6 D2).