England v West Indies: Steven Finn backs squad rotation

Steven Finn says squad rotation should be seen as a way of giving the next set of England stars the chance to prove their worth

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England's rotation policy has received a mixed response Photo: The Sport Review

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Steven Finn believes England’s rotation policy will prove key in helping the next crop of youngsters develop into international class cricketers.

England had opted to rest their three frontline bowlers Stuart Broad, Tim Bresnan and Graeme Swann for the final one-day international against West Indies, which was washed out with no play Friday.

The omission of James Anderson from their final Test last month also sparked controversy, with the 29-year-old unhappy at being prevented the chance to take further wickets in their 3-0 whitewash series victory.

But Finn has defended the policy, insisting it provides some less proven players that vital chance to shine on the international stage.

“It’s important that any logical opportunity for a rest for the senior players should be taken,” Finn said. “The more exposure we get at an early age the better we are going to be.”

“We’ve got young players coming through who need to gain international experience at international level, me one of those included.

“It is more of an investment in the future with the rest of those guys also able to prolong their careers and play in the more important games.”

Earlier this week, England batsman Ian Bell also backed the policy, but admitted he had sympathy for the Three Lions’ paying supporters who bought tickets expecting to see a full-strength line-up.

“Of course, I have some sympathy,” said Bell. “It has slightly weakened our attack, but I still think it is a team that can go out and beat West Indies.

“There’s no doubt people want to come to see the Broads, Andersons and Bresnans. But they will be seeing young, exciting guys who will be big playersfor England over the next few years.”

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