Updated: Sunday, 03 August 2014 22:00 | By Agence France-Presse

England call up Finn to replace Plunkett

England on Sunday called Steven Finn into the squad for the fourth Test against India in Manchester to replace injured paceman Liam Plunkett.


England call up Finn to replace Plunkett

England paceman Steven Finn (C) bowls on the second day of a two-day cricket match between England and Australia's Chairman's XI at Traeger Park in Alice Springs on November 30, 2013 - by Saeed Khan

After suffering particularly badly on England's disastrous Ashes tour of Australia, Finn has been in good form for Middlesex this season.

Yorkshire's Plunkett dropped out to rest an injured ankle that will not be recovered in time for the fourth Test starting at Old Trafford on Thursday, with the five-match series level at 1-1.

"Liam Plunkett experienced some left ankle discomfort at the end of the second Investec Test and will miss the fourth Test as this continues to settle," the England and Wales Cricket Board said in a short statement.

England hope that rest will get Plunkett ready for the fifth Test starting on August 15.

Finn's form in Australia was so bad that he was the only member of England's squad not to get a match in any of the five Tests, all won by the host nation.

The 6 feet 7 inch (two metre) tall Finn, 25, made his Test debut for England against Bangladesh in 2010 and has since taken 90 wickets in 23 internationals.

He has taken 44 wickets so far in the county championship this summer at an average of 29.72.

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