Bresnan stars as Finn proves fitness

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Steven Finn looks to be winning his fitness battle
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Steven Finn looks to be winning his fitness battle

England's bowlers endured a tough day on the flattest of batting wickets, but can at least be cheered by Steven Finn's continued recovery from injury.

Tim Bresnan led a hard-working attack and took two wickets as Haryana responded to 521 all out with 172 for four on day two of four in the final warm-up before next week's first Test against between England and India. But perhaps the most heartening event for the tourists took place out of sight in the nets, where Finn bowled three overs off his full run without discomfort.

"Finny, as far as I know, is off his full run now. That's a very good sign," said Bresnan. "With six days to go, there's no reason why he shouldn't be fully fit."

Finn's availability may well mean Bresnan himself does not make the first-choice attack next week.

He does not see it like that, though, saying: "You throw someone like Steve Finn in there who is bowling 90mph plus consistently, and getting bounce and lift, he's going to add to any team.

"He probably would get in any side in the world as he's bowling at the minute."

As for his own prospects, Bresnan added: "It would put a dampener on my preparation if I thought I wasn't going to play.

"I'm ready to play, and hope I get the nod.

"You pick the bowlers who are bowling the best from the squad of players you have available."

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