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England bowler Steven Finn can cope with Ashes sledging

Steve Finn
Finn took 19 wickets in this summer's series against Pakistan

England seamer Steven Finn is sure he would be able to cope with any sledging he might encounter in Australia if he is handed his Ashes debut this winter.

The Middlesex bowler, 21, is expected to play a key role in the series.

Australia opener Shane Watson revealed Finn has been singled out as a target as the Baggy Greens bid to win back the Ashes urn they lost in England in 2009.

"I won't be bothered by it. I'll just shrug it off," said Finn ahead of Thursday's squad announcement.

"I don't know if there will be a lot of sledging. I haven't played in an Ashes series before but if there is I'll just concentrate on putting the ball on a good length and keeping my focus on that regardless of whatever they say.

Watson revealed Australia would target 6ft 8ins Finn because of his relative inexperience having played only eight Tests for England.

I grew up watching Ashes series when I was younger and there were a lot of people who I looked up to throughout my career

Steven Finn

Having made his debut in Bangladesh in March, Finn cemented his place in England Test captain Andrew Strauss's side this summer, taking 15 wickets against the Tigers on home soil.

The seam bowler recorded 19 wickets against Pakistan before missing the current one-day series so that he could undergo "strength and conditioning" ahead of this winter's gruelling schedule.

"I'm confident that, no matter who it is that is put in front of me, I will be able to do the same processes that will end up in the same result - ie me being successful," Finn added.

"It means a lot to play against [Australia]. I grew up watching Ashes series when I was younger and there were a lot of people who I looked up to throughout my career."

606: DEBATE

England will be aiming for their first series victory down under since 1987, when they head to Brisbane on 25 November.

Watford-born Finn has no doubts that the momentum is with Strauss's touring side after the victories over Pakistan and Bangladesh this summer and last year's Ashes triumph.

"We're on a roll at the moment. We're confident," Finn commented.

"We have played some good cricket over the last 12-18 months and the guys who were there before I got into the team put together an incredible string of performances, including the Ashes win, so I think everything has been building up to this."

• Steven Finn was appearing at the second anniversary of StreetChance, a street cricket project targeting young people across London in areas affected by crime and anti-social behaviour. It's a partnership between the Cricket Foundation, Barclays Spaces for Sports, Cricket for Change, the Metropolitan Police Service and Positive Futures. Visit www.streetchance.co.uk



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