Finn sizes up Ponting with scorn

Published: Saturday, October 30, 2010, 13:57 [IST]
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Finn sizes up Ponting with scorn

Standing at a gigantic 6 feet 8 inches tall, English speedster Steven Finn says he wants to treat Australian captain Ricky Ponting like a "club third XI player" in the upcoming Ashes series.

The 21-year-old who has taken 32 wickets in the his first eight tests so far at an average of just over 23, says that the thought of bowling to Ponting in his own backyard is not a daunting task for him.

"It's important there is no fear. We hold The Ashes and go there after 18 months of good cricket. We can't put this series on a pedestal though. We've performed well by having an atmosphere that every match is just another game of cricket," the Sun quoted Finn, as saying.

"I grew up watching Ricky Ponting and he's a great player. To be able to bowl at a player like that is a huge challenge.Australia are always a solid team and they're the old foe, but I don�t care who it is - a club third XI player or Ponting - I like to think I do things the same," he added.

England's tour of Australia gets under way on November 5 with a warm-up game against Western Australia. The first of the five Ashes Tests will be held at The Gabba in Brisbane from November 25 to 29. It will be followed by Tests in Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney. The tour also has two Twenty20 clashes and a seven-match ODI series.


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