I for one am still optimistic about Finn. He is 24, bowls decent pace from a decent height and has 90 wickets @ <30 bowling averagely in test cricket. That is pretty incredible given how average and even poor he has been. Stats by no mean tell the whole truth but he has a lot going for him.
In an ideal scenario (maybe if England had Australia's bowling depth) he would be left for while to work on his bowling action and how he wants to bowl rather than taken on this tour. But the truth is England have 2 good fast bowlers then the rest are average to untested so Finn had to go on the tour- and may even play the first test.
Steve Finn has a fantastic record when compared to how he has actually bowled for a decent percentage of the time. Even during the last Ashes series in Oz where he was dropped despite leading the wickets taken chart, he generally bowled far too many loose deliveries and was cut and pulled on a regular basis. As it was, England were not willing to allow him to act as a strike bowler and risk an expensive economy rate for the benefit of taking wickets. This didn't fit with the bowling unit plans and I'd imagine the thinking of containing and building pressure may well be at the forefront of their minds again which I would have thought puts Tremlett at the front of the queue. His awkwardness and control albeit at a lesser pace may be what they have in mind for Brisbane.
I think he has improved already since coming onto the Test scene, but there is still ample work to do. His fuller spells have to have more spite for the pace he bowls, and I'm sure his control will improve. It is very encouraging that he has taken 90 Test wickets at less than 30 and I'm sure he will play a part at some point during this series.
As Tremlett has been selected in the squad, England must be happy enough with his fitness, so I don't think they can leave him out in case he breaks down again. If these were genuine concerns he should never have toured in the first place, same with Rankin.
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Tremlett looked quite tame when I went and watched him in Perth the other week, Finn and Rankin bowled poo that day too but they did look more threatening. But I guess I'm just reiterating what the previous two posts said.
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