England pace bowler Steven Finn is ready to display the most of his late squad call for the Champions Trophy duty to face against New Zealand in Cardiff on Tuesday.
Finn was sidelined of England’s main squad for a tournament featuring the world’s top eight one-day international teams. However, he was given quick recalled after all-rounder Chris Woakes broke down with a side strain during their opening match against Bangladesh win by 8 wickets.
The 28-year-old England pacer Finn said to reporters in Cardiff on Sunday, “It’s always frustrating when you are left out of squads, but you have to roll with the punches. If you get too down-hearted it can affect you more. I just focused on keeping my head up and fighting my way back into the team.”
“It’s obviously very sad for Chris Woakes, who is a good friend of mine, but I am glad that I’ve got the call.”
Talking about the pressure happened against Bangladesh, Finn said “I knew James Whitaker and Mick Newell were there watching me. You feel the pressure, I suppose, knowing they’re watching you to call you up for this game. But that is no different from every time I pull on an England or Lions shirt.”
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said about frustrating washout in their Group A against Australia. “The nature of this tournament is that every game is basically knockout. We played some good cricket and we can’t control the weather, although it is a little bit frustrating.”
Finn claims England were strong-minded to play on following fear attacks that have strike both Manchester and London in past two weeks. “We have been briefed on how we are going to be protected, so we’re very comfortable that there is a ring of steel around us and everyone who is on the ground will be safe.”
“We are obviously sad about it, and send our condolences to those affected by it. It is a sorry state of affairs. But we will keep playing cricket and be defiant in the face of it and hope to put a smile on people’s faces here on Tuesday,” he added.