BIRMINGHAM: Steven Finn will replace injured allrounder Ben Stokes for England in the third test against Pakistan starting Wednesday.
England captain Alastair Cook said Tuesday he was “wide awake” at 2 a.m. thinking about the selection decision that arose after Stokes hurt his calf in the second test in Manchester, which England won to tie the series 1-1.
Cook was deciding between Finn and fellow paceman Jake Ball for the test at Edgbaston, and said Finn got the nod because of his “proven test record … and knack of taking wickets.”
That will be England’s only change, meaning Moeen Ali will again be the team’s only spinner and Adil Rashid misses out. -AP