Finn “his own man” – Flower

England coach Andy Flower wants Steve Finn to be his own man and not be compared to Australia great Glenn McGrath ahead of the Ashes. (England 3/1 to win Ashes series)

The 21-year-old was named England’s man of the series in the recent 2-0 Test series victory over Bangladesh after taking 15 wickets, with two five-wicket hauls in the matches at Lord’s and Old Trafford.

The Middlesex paceman was only in the side due to the currently England policy of resting players, with Stuart Broad sitting out the two games with the Asian minnows.

But Finn’s performances have thrust him into the limelight and, with an Ashes tour looming, his name has been mentioned as a possible opening bowling partner for James Anderson in the first Test Down Under in November.

Finn’s 6ft 7inch frame and metronomic bowling style has been likened to McGrath but Flower does not like his young paceman to have pressure put on him by being talked about in the same breath as one of the sport’s all-time greats.

“I don’t like to make those comparisons,” he said. “Steven Finn is unique in various ways.

“He is very much his own man. Comparing him to other fast bowlers, to me, is not useful.”

Finn has been left out of the upcoming one-day series with Australia and Bangladesh to undergo a strengthening programme but would seem an excellent long-term prospect in the shorter version of the game.

England do have places up for grabs in their 50-over attack and, with the World Cup set to take place next year (England 6/1 to win World Cup), Finn will surely come into the reckoning with a few one-day games under his belt.

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