Steven Finn will be ready and able if England need him in the third Test against India, according to an expert eye witness.
Joe Root saw Finn bowl at close quarters in the Performance Programme's victory over the DY Patil Academy, and it did not take long for him to sense the fast bowler is back to his best after recovering from a thigh strain.
Finn picked up four wickets for 50 in 16 overs on day one of three in Mumbai, and Root said: "He bowled fantastically well, and got some wickets and good overs under his belt. I think he's pretty happy with where he's at now, and it will be interesting to see how things go over the next three days in training."
Asked specifically if Finn will be ready to return to the Test team this week, Root said: "I'd like to think so.
"He's got three big training days coming up, so I'm sure he'll find out (if he is needed) in due course."
Should Finn be back for what would be his 17th Test, he will join a team Root describes as being "on a massive high" after their spinners dominated India in the second Test at the Wankhede Stadium.
He insists confidence has never wavered from the outset, that they could overturn 27 years of history since England's last series win in India.
"There was [that feeling] at the start of the tour," he added.
"To get a win now is brilliant, and it's a really exciting match coming up this week."
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