Dunedin, Mar 10: England fast bowler Steven Finn is set to receive four cases of wine from his captain Alastair Cook and fast bowler James Anderson for batting nearly five hours and helping the team save the first Test against New Zealand here on Sunday on the fifth and final day.
Finn, sent in as nightwatchman for the first time in his Test career, scored his maiden half century with a career best 56 off 203 balls in 286 minutes. Later the tall paceman revealed that he was bribed with wine by his team-mates to bat out two sessions.
"I was trying to take it ball by ball. It was good to bat with Compo (Nick Compton) and Trotty (Jonathan Trott). Those guys helped me through and gave me small targets so I didn't get giddy as a lower order batsman and I really enjoyed it out there," Finn was quoted as saying by "The Telegraph" newspaper.
"All I know is there will be a few cases of wine back at my house in England. I think it was a case of wine from (Alastair) Cook and Jimmy (James Anderson) if I saw it through to lunch and until tea so I think I have got four cases coming my way," he added.
After being bowled out cheaply in the first innings, England batted well in the second to finish on 421/6 in 170 overs. Both Cook and Compton hit centuries.
Finn batted at number three as a nightwatchman. He was dismissed in the 153rd over with England on 386/5.
The second Test starts in Wellington on March 14.