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Oliver Brett | 06:01 UK time, Friday, 29 October 2010


Only one man in England's 16-strong Ashes squad has never faced Australia in international cricket. If it is not too great a leap of faith, consider this: that same man could hold the key to the hopes of thousands of travelling supporters this winter.

Steven Finn was fast-tracked into England's Test side in March. If not unusually rapid, he is unusually tall, and allied to his natural pace and bounce he is more consistent than most young pace bowlers.

That consistency - an attribute he believes he can improve - is important. When determined Australian batsmen are well set on flat Aussie decks, Andrew Strauss needs to know that Finn is a genuine wicket-taking option who can also stem the flow of runs.

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