England bowler Steve Finn: I’m not the finished product
England bowler Steve Finn says he wants to improve further ahead of this summer's series against New Zealand and Australia
Steve Finn says he must continue to improve as the Middlesex bowler aims to secure his place in the England Test side ahead of a busy summer of international cricket.
The 24-year-old was named the FTI most valuable player after impressing on England’s tours of India and New Zealand and the Twenty20 World Cup, taking 37 wickets in total.
Despite picking up the accolade, Finn insists he is far from the finished product and wants to continue to impress England’s selectors ahead of the series against Australia and New Zealand.
“I would not say I’ve established myself in the England team yet; I’m still fighting to do that,” Finn told BBC Sport.
“I still have a long way to go to be the bowler I want to be, but at the moment I’m happy with where I’m at.”
With Australia currently struggling, Alastair Cook’s men are the firm favourites to retain the Ashes urn in the summer before the return series Down Under at the end of 2013.
But Finn has warned that England cannot afford to be complacent and must make a positive start to the summer by beating New Zealand on home soil after Cook’s men drew their recent Test series against the Kiwis.
“To beat Australia is the ultimate,” he added. “You look at Ashes series when you’re growing up and you’re glued to the television and want England to do well.
“The back-to-back Ashes series are something to be really excited about and we’re feeling good as a team.
“The results over the last few years have given us that confidence, but it’s important we don’t look at it as an easy task by any means.
“Australia are still a world-class side and have world-class players capable of winning games of cricket.
“But it’s important we start well against New Zealand and winning those Tests will put us in a good position for the rest of the summer.”