Fast bowler Steven Finn has signed a new three year contract with Middlesex CCC - just in time for his latest England call up.
Finn, who was dropped by the ECB following a nightmare winter, has been called up as a replacement for the injured Liam Plunkett for the fourth test against India, which begins at Old Trafford on Thursday.
His recall comes hot on the heels in Finn signing a new deal, which shadows Finn’s ECB central contract, meaning the quickie will be available to play for Middlesex until at least the end of the 2017 season.
Finn, 25, made his first-class debut for Middlesex in 2005 at the age of 16, and by the summer of 2009 was leading the county attack. These performances were immediately recognised by England, and that winter he was called up as a replacement on the tour of Bangladesh, where he made his Test debut.
In total, Finn has so far played 80 games for England and taken 174 wickets, but during England’s ill-fated Ashes tour of 2013-14 he returned home early to sort out technical issues in his game.
Under the guidance of Richard Johnson, Middlesex’s bowling coach, Finn made a successful return to first-class cricket, where he has so far taken 44 County Championship wickets this season.
Middlesex’s managing director of cricket, Angus Fraser, said: " This news, and the fact Steven has been selected in England’s squad for the fourth Test against India, is great for the club. Middlesex are extremely proud to have developed Steven and to have helped him achieve what he has, so far in the game.
"Middlesex is his club. He offers us a great deal both on and off the field, and we are chuffed that he wants to spend at least the next period of his career with us. He is a fine bowler and a cracking young man. We love having him around and are fortunate to have him at the club."
Finn added: "I am delighted to have signed three more years at the club I have spent my whole career with as a professional cricketer. I look forward to continuing to build on the club's status as a strong division one side and hopefully helping to bring success to the county over years to come.
"Needless to say, I am hugely indebted to the club and the coaching structure, particularly Richard Johnson, in helping me develop in recent times. I couldn't think of anywhere else I would want to play my cricket."
While Finn, should be make the final XI, takes on India on Thursday, his Middlesex team-mates will be at Lord's playing Somerset in their latest One-Day Cup game, hoping to build on their first win in this year's competition, against Surrey, last Thursday.