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Finn keeps faith in Strauss
Steven Finn retains supreme faith in his club-and-country team-mate Andrew Strauss as England captain.
Dual Ashes-winning Test captain Strauss' position has become a fevered topic as he has endured a vain quest to date for his 20th Test century, since his 19th came in a famous Brisbane draw 17 months ago. Despite his lack of runs, England will nonetheless begin the first Test against West Indies at Lord's next month as the world's number one team.
Strauss has led from the front in England's rise from unpromising beginnings, since becoming permanent captain in 2009. Fast bowler Finn said: "He is England captain for a reason. He deals with these situations very well."
Finn was present last week when opener Strauss' hopes of morale-boosting runs for Middlesex against Durham at Lord's realised just six in two attempts - bowled in both innings by Graham Onions.
"It won't have bothered him too much that he didn't get any runs in that first match," he added. "He is not out of nick."
While Strauss' travails, or otherwise, are sure to dominate cricket headlines up to and including that first match of three against the Windies at least, Finn knows his priority is to get his own house in order.
He has done that to significant effect, with few opportunities, over the winter - having been able to add just one Test cap, in the series-levelling draw against Sri Lanka in Colombo this month, to one last year too.
The 23-year-old continues nonetheless to be depicted as one of the world's premier emerging fast-bowling talents thanks to his exploits with the white ball in limited-overs formats. After a winter dominated by spin, and with Chris Tremlett out injured, his chance will surely come this summer.
He finished with seven for 98 against Durham - Onions took 10 in the match - but said: "You can't take anything for granted.
"I enjoyed my winter away, and I feel like I did myself justice. My game has come on a fair bit since I played in those Ashes Test matches 14 or 15 months ago."