Finn fine with Test status

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Fast bowler Steven Finn has no argument with his current exclusion from the England Test side and is willing to bide his time to win back a place.

The Middlesex player was a star performer in the one-day series against India last year but was overlooked in favour of Chris Tremlett for the first Test against Pakistan and could not dislodge James Anderson or Stuart Broad once England opted to go for just two seamers for the next two games.

He returned with style to post figures of four for 34 as England recovered from their Test series whitewash to beat Pakistan by 130 runs in the first ODI in Abu Dhabi but does not have an axe to grind with the selectors. Finn told Radio Five Live: "You have to accept that the guys who are playing in the team have been better bowlers than me."

He addedL They've got a lot of experience, they've played a lot of cricket and have got proven track records of being exceptional - and until that changes there's not going to be a place for me.

"I just have to keep knocking on the door, keep trying to push their places hard but at the moment I accept and know that the people in the team are there for a reason."

Finn attributed his success against Pakistan to the extra work he has put since being dropped midway through the 2010/11 Ashes series.

"It's something I've worked very hard on over the last 12-14 months since being left out of that Test team in Australia and it's something that hopefully now people can start to see the hard work that I've put in. Hopefully that will start to show in my performances," he added.

"You look at tiny little technical things, mindset things and then try and come back a better bowler.

"I bowled a lot last summer for Middlesex, which was great - to go and get that cricket under my belt. Then throughout this winter I've done a fair amount of bowling - whether it be in nets, or in game situations - and I feel like I'm learning all the time."

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