Colombo: Fast bowler Steven Finn is itching to replace injured Stuart Broad for England's second Test against Sri Lanka on Tuesday.
A 75-run defeat to Sri Lanka last week meant the world's No. 1 side has still not won a Test in 2012, with the result swiftly compounded by the news that Broad was being sent home with a calf strain. His reliable new-ball partnership with James Anderson, as well as his ability to provide a strong batting option at No. 8, has been crucial to England's plans in a challenging winter and his injury poses major questions.
"Broady is a massive part of the team and will be missed. He's a huge and important player for us but we've got a group of guys waiting in the wings who can cover for him," said Finn, whose last Test appearance was against Sri Lanka at Lord's in June.
With Broad out due to a calf injury, Finn is expected to play in the second match of the series.
"We don't know who is going to play, but if I get my opportunity I'm ready to take it. It will be testing in these conditions for seam bowlers but I like a challenge.
"I have felt as though I have been ready for a little while now. I have done a lot of bowling this winter and a lot of work on becoming a better bowler. Hopefully I can reap the rewards of that if I get a chance."
Finn, who has 50 wickets in 12 matches, would have been a certain pick for his country in the years gone by, but England have an enviable stock of fast bowlers at the moment. Anderson and Broad are the established first choice but Finn, Bresnan and Chris Tremlett have each excelled when called on to supplement the pair.