Steven Finn insists England can win the Ashes without Ben Stokes
Steven Finn says England are “more than capable” of winning the Ashes without Ben Stokes and admits he has a point to prove to selectors after receiving a late call-up into the squad.
Finn, 28, was originally omitted from England’s squad for the five-match Test series in Australia, but was later added to the touring party, with Stokes’ participation still in doubt.
As the last man to be included up to the squad, Finn admits he has it all to do if he is to work his way into the side for the first Test in Brisbane on November 23.
“You have always got a point to prove when you’re in an England shirt,” said Finn. “When you’re a late call-up to the squad and have been out of selection for the last six months or so, you definitely have a point to prove.
“I’m comfortable in the environment, I’m comfortable having known that I’ve played with these guys before and have performed in an England shirt.
“It is just giving myself the best opportunity to go out there and do that.”
Finn admits the circumstances surrounding his late call-up are far from ideal, but insists England have enough strength in depth to cope with the potential loss of Stokes.
James Vince insists England have enough strength in depth to cope without Ben Stokes during the Ashes
“Ben is obviously a big player and has been for the last few years but, just like with an injury, whatever the circumstances if someone is not here, we have 16 guys here who are all very capable cricketers,” said Finn.
“He is obviously a big gap to fill in the side but we feel we are more than capable, with the amount of all-rounders and back-up bowlers that we have, of making the most of being without him.
“We will get the most out of everyone we have got here, most definitely.”
England face a Western Australia XI side in Perth in a two-day game this weekend and Finn is expecting a tough test in the tourists’ opening warm-up match of the tour.
“Even if we were playing a grade team they would be baying for our blood when it comes to playing this first game,” he said.
“We are very much looking forward to getting into the tour. Having had a couple of days preparation, I think things are going to build nicely as we go through the warm-up games.”