India v England: I’m bowling much better than 2011, says Steve Finn

India v England: Steve Finn believes he is bowling much better in the current one-day international series in India than in 2011

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Steve Finn finished with 2-51 off t10 overs in Tuesday's loss Photo: rayand, via Flickr

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Steven Finn believes he is bowling much better in the current one-day international series against India than he was in 2011, when England lost every match.

The 23-year-old burst onto the scene in 2010, making his debut in Bangladesh before cementing his place with a remarkable Ashes series in Australia, where he took 14 wickets in the first three Tests.

However, the Middlesex bowler, who has added responsibility to lead the attack in the current series with both James Anderson and Stuart Broad absent, feels his bowling has improved greatly in the last 12 months.

“I feel in a good place, I feel my bowling is better than back then, I feel more threatening than then,” said Finn.

“The results didn’t set the world alight in 2011 [England’s last ODI tour of India] and I feel I am making steady progress as a player and hopefully that will lead to more opportunities over the next year.”

Finn was the pick of England’s bowlers in Tuesday’s 127-run loss that saw hosts India level the series with three games to play.

The paceman dismissed Ajinkya Rahane early on before returning to take the wicket of Suresh Raina for 55, finishing with 2-51 off ten overs.

The 6ft 7” bowler said: “I feel good, I have had quite a break with these last couple of injuries which were unfortunate but I have addressed that and hopefully I won’t get a recurrence of those injuries.”

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