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The Hampstead home of the England bowler is where he relaxes to focus on future glory

At Home with the FT Steven Finn 

Steven Finn, the Middlesex and England fast bowler, has had the sort of rollercoaster career that would have tempted many cricketers to give up in despair. He always seems to be on the brink of becoming England’s number one fast bowler, then has a slump in form or injury and is fighting to regain his place. In 2010, he took 5 for 87 during his first Test at Lord’s and was compared to Glen McGrath, the great Australian bowler. Yet in the seven years since, he has been in and out of the team. On the 2013/14 tour of Australia he was the only player in the squad not to play a Test and was sent home, with the coach Ashley Giles saying: “Steve is not selectable at the moment.” The next year, he was selected to play in a Test at Edgbaston, also against Australia. He took 6 for 79, won the man of the match award and set up the victory that turned the series. England went on to regain the Ashes, the most fabled competition in cricket.

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