Finn mulls shortening run-up to get rid of ‘annoying’ stump-kicking habit


England fast bowler Steven Finn has said that he is close to getting rid of his habit of hitting the stumps during delivery by shortening his run-up, ahead of the upcoming back-to-back Ashes series. Finn, who had been warned by umpires on International Cricketing Council (ICC) instructions that his delivery would be considered a dead ball if he repeats his habit, said that he would be shortening his run-up to remove the problem, and added that it would give him more control and bounce, the Telegraph reports. However, the right-arm fast bowler further said that it is difficult to find time to perfect any adjustments because of the large workload of the team, and added that although he had a lot of practice on the nets to get rid of his habit, it is still early to try the shorter run-up in an unknown game. Finn, who had got into trouble with the ICC because of South African captain Graeme Smith complaining about his habit, said that he bore no ill-will towards Smith as it helped him to take charge of his action. Finn further said that his habit is a technical flaw in his bowling action, and removing it is important so that England does not lose any more wickets. The 6 ft 8 in Finn runs 25.7 metres before propelling a cricket ball at speeds of up to 93mph. For batsmen, he is a challenging prospect, albeit one who is compromised whenever he breaks the stumps with his right knee

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