Finn strengthens England test credentials with four-wicket haul

PIETERMARITZBURG, South Africa, (Reuters) – Steven Finn bowled himself into contention for a return to England’s lineup after taking four wickets yesterday on the opening day of the last warmup game before they begin the test series against South Africa on Boxing Day.

Finn was only drafted into the squad last week, but underlined his credentials against South Africa A by taking four wickets for 34 runs at the City Oval.

England bowled out their opponents for 136 runs and scored 64 without reply before bad light curtailed the game and stumps were drawn.

Finn, who was forced out of the test series against Pakistan in October after injuring his left foot, was flown over to South Africa after impressing for England Lions in two comeback appearances against Pakistan A in Dubai.

His showing yesterday will have increased his chances of joining James Anderson and Stuart Broad in a three-pronged seam attack for the first test in Durban.

Ben Stokes, who is also making his way back from injury, took three wickets.

England will resume today with Alastair Cook unbeaten on 36 and Alex Hales on 28.

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