Strauss to keep Finn grounded

Andrew Strauss is hoping to keep Steve Finn‘s feet firmly on the ground after his man-of-the-match performance helped England win the first Test with Bangladesh at Lord’s (England 1/12 with Betfred to win second Test).

England struggled to take wickets on day four after asking the tourists to follow on and they began day five on 328-5 – a lead of 105.

But the rest of the Bangladesh order could only make another 54 runs and they were dismissed for 382, leaving England with a victory target of 160, which they reached for the loss of just two wickets.

Finn claimed 5-87 to add to his first-innings 4-100 and he justified his selection ahead of Ryan Sidebottom.

Straus was very impressed with the 21-year-old and hopes that he can remain level-headed and enjoy the career that his talent deserves.

“Steven Finn has been bowling like that all season, he got more out of the wicket than our other bowlers and has a big future,” he told BBC Sport.

“We are very excited but we don’t want to big him up too much at this stage. If he stays on his feet he can go far.”

Bangladesh put up one of their best-ever Test displays and, but for Finn, could have escaped with a draw on day five.

They are 33/1 to win the second Test at Old Trafford with the draw on offer at 12/1.

The tourists’ batsmen impressed in the second innings and in Tamim Iqbal, they have unearthed a real talent. The left-hander is the 100/30 favourite to be the top Bangladesh run-scorer in the second Test with his opening partner, Imrul Kayes, trading at 9/2.

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