May 8 2012 By Jon Batham
MIDDLESEX fans face an anxious wait this morning to find out if Steven Finn will be available for tomorrow’s clash with one of the County Championship favourites Notts.
The Seaxes travel north to Trent Bridge knowing they will face their hosts’ star names Stuart Broad and Graham Swann.
However, while Andrew Strauss is a confirmed starter for the Lord’s tenants, they still await the ECB’s permission to field centrally contracted Finn against the Outlaws.
Head coach Richard Scott said: “We don’t know yet if Finny will be available for Notts. “Angus (Fraser) has got to have a word with Andy Flower and Straussy (Andrew Strauss) regarding Steven’s workload to date and then we will take a measured view on whether he needs to bowl at Notts or if they want him rested before their preparations for the first Test.”
If England’s selectors decide Finn must put his feet up it could save Scott and company the headache of which member of their pace bowling battery to rest on their rotation policy - Corey Collymore having been the man to make way in the last two weeks – though spinner Ollie Rayner could also be pushing for a recall.
Whatever bowling options Scott and co settle on the team will travel with more confidence than they might have done following Sunday’s victory over Worcestershire at Lord’s.
Middlesex shot out ‘The Pears’ for just 150 to win by 132 runs – this after Worcester declared their first innings at 45-2 and Middlesex forfeited their second knock in the interests of a positive result.
Scott admitted it had been a surprise turn of events, but said they had been happy to take the gamble.
He added: “We were surprised when Worcester came to us and suggested making a game of it.
“We had a consultation between the captain and the management and felt it was too good an opportunity to miss, having already lost so much time in the game.
“And we wanted to back our attack to bowl them out once rather than try and get 18 wickets in a day.
“We put our money where our mouth is with regard to our bowling attack today and they delivered.”