Finn set for recall for third Test

Updated: December 4, 2012

England’s quickest bowler Steven Finn looks set to take part in the series against India for the first time in the third Test, having recovered from a thigh strain. If Finn is to take his place in the eleven at Eden Gardens the selectors will have to make a tough call and drop out of form Stuart Broad.

Stuart Broad might be second on the list of wicket takers in 2012, however he has struggled on the subcontinent with lack of pace and has to date gone wicketless in the first two Tests. The series is well poised at 1 a piece however England will have the momentum following their stunning 10 wicket win in Mumbai.

It is likely that England will make two changes to the side that won so convincingly in Mumbai. As well as Finn for Broad, Ian Bell is expected to return. While it is probable that he will replace Jonny Bairstow, it is possible that both Bell and Bairstow will play and that Samit Patel, who averages 12.66 with the bat and 62 with the ball in his four Tests, will make way.

Broad’s likely absence, and the continuing omission of Bresnan, means that England may have a longer tail than normal. Graeme Swann, who started the series at No.10 (he actually batted at No.11 in the first innings at Ahmedabad), will bat at eight, meaning a final three of Anderson, Finn and Panesar. It is not ideal, but the onus should really be on the batsmen to make the bulk of the runs. Despite the excellence of Kevin Pietersen and Alastair Cook, England could do with more of a contribution from Jonathan Trott, Bell and whoever bats at No. 6.