Jul 9 2012 By Jon Batham
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RICHARD Scott expects to be without Steven Finn once again for Middlesex’s crunch Division One clash with leaders Nottinghamshire at Uxbridge on Wednesday.
Finn has been the star performer for England in their one-day series demolition of the auld enemy Australia which concludes at Old Trafford tomorrow just hours before the tenants of Lords face the Outlaws in the showpiece game of this year’s Uxbridge festival.
However, head coach Scott expects Middlesex to pay the price for the pace bowler’s success at international level, expecting the 23-year-old to be ‘rested’ by the national selectors ahead of a possible call up to the test side proper for the series with South Africa.
He said: “I can’t see Finn bowling because he has bowled a lot of overs recently in one-day cricket and Tuesday’s match with Australia is a day-night game so won’t finish until later.
Andrew Strauss will feature in a game where Stuart Broad and Graham Swann could be part of the Notts line-up, while Scott is hopeful Middlesex’s other England star Eoin Morgan might be deemed in need of a four-day knock as a man still on the fringes of the test arena.
“Angus Fraser has still got to speak to Geoff Miller or Andy Flower about whether they release Eoin.
“I would not have thought he would need to be rested and the selectors may welcome his chance to have a bat, but we will find out in the next 24-48 hours.”
Should Morgan be released it seems likely one-day skipper Neil Dexter will make way with Sam Robson looking like the unlucky man to step aside for the England skipper at the top of the order.
And Finn’s absence should provoke a recall for the club’s West Indian pace-man Corey Collymore.
Likely X1 – Strauss, Denly, Rogers (capt), Malan, Morgan/Dexter, Berg, Simpson, Rayner, Murtagh, Roland-Jones, Collymore