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Finn proves fitness for big Boxing Day showdown

By Staff Reporter

Steven Finn admitted he was disappointed to be left out of England's original squad in South Africa but made up for lost time with a decisive performance in Pietermaritzburg.

The 6ft 7in paceman took an eye-catching four for 34 against South Africa A on his first red ball appearance since early October, when a bone stress injury in his left foot ruled him out of the Pakistan series in the United Arab Emirates.

Finn returned home on crutches but despite a lengthy rehabilitation was always confident of making the first Test against the Proteas on Boxing Day. The selectors were less sure, leaving him out of an initial 16-strong party and only adding him after two T20 outings for the Lions in Dubai.

"I was disappointed to be left out of the squad in the first place because I know my body and thought I had very good chance to be fit for the Boxing Day Test match," said Finn.

South Africa A who were all out for 136 and England were 64-0 in reply when bad light stopped play.

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