Steve Finn to replace Chris Woakes in England cricket squad


Middlesex bowler Steve Finn will replace all-rounder Chris Woakes in England’s Champions Trophy squad.

Woakes, 28, bowled two overs in the hosts’ eight-wicket win over Bangladesh on Thursday before leaving the field, with scans revealing a side strain.

Steve Finn, 28, who has played 69 one-day internationals, was selected ahead of Tom Curran, Stuart Broad and Toby Roland-Jones.

England’s next game in the tournament is against New Zealand on Tuesday.

Victory over the Black Caps in Cardiff would put England into the semi-finals, after New Zealand’s match with Australia on Friday was abandoned because of rain.

Eoin Morgan’s side face Australia at Edgbaston on Saturday in their final Group A game.

Finn took 3-54 and 2-49 for England Lions in back-to-back wins over South Africa A this week, sealing victory in the three-match one-day series that concludes on Monday.

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