Fit-again Finn shows he’s ready for Test recall

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Steven Finn came through a searching fitness test and has declared himself ready to replace Stuart Broad in the England side for the Third Test in Kolkata starting tomorrow.

The tall pace bowler suffered a thigh strain in the first warm-up game of the tour but has had an outing with the Performance squad in India and bowled two spells in the nets at Eden Gardens yesterday.

There was no discomfort and he stated: “If I’m needed on Wednesday, then I’ll be ready to go. I feel in good rhythm. I’m in a good place.”

It seems he will replace Borad but the pitch looks set to favour spin again and be all against seam.

The England seamers struggled to get the ball to bounce above hip height in the nets which, apparently, are much like the Test pitch. Finn has extra pace but, on such surfaces, control and skill will be even more important.

Ian Bell is also back in contention after missing the Second Test after the birth of his son Joseph although the baby came early and he was still at Mumbai Airport when his son was born back in England.

*Ricky Ponting bade an emotional farewell to Test cricket, receiving a standing ovation and a guard of honour, on his final appearance.

The Aussie great managed only eight - being caught at slip off left arm spinner Robin Peterson - as South Africa won the series-clinching Third Test in Perth by a massive 309 runs.

Australia resumed on 40-0 but the tourists showed why they are the No 1 side in the world by steadily working through the Australian order with the top scorer being No 10 Mitchell Starc with 68 not out.

Opener Ed Cowan made 53 and skipper Michael Clarke 44 in their 322. Dale Steyn had 3-72, spinner Peterson 3-127.