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Born on April 4, 1989 in Watford, Steven Finn is among the taller bowlers to have represented England. He made his county debut for Middlesex at the age of 16, the youngest to do so, beating the record set by Fred Titmus in 1949. Finn has represented England at all age levels and burst into prominence in the 2009 county season with some solid performances. He ended with 53 wickets at 30.64, impressing everyone. The reward was a call-up for the Lions tour of UAE as well as a place in the 30-man probables list for the World T20 in 2009. It didn't take long for him to get selected in the English squad as injuries to Stuart Broad, Ryan Sidebottom and Graham Onions meant that he leapfrogged them into the playing XI against Bangladesh in Chittagong, March 2010. His first home stint was a memorable one against the same opposition at Lord's. He ended up with figures of 9/187, bagging his first ever Man of the Match award. He followed it up with yet another five-wicket haul in the Old Trafford Test to bag his first ever Man of the Series award. His big test was though against arch-rivals Australia and he acquitted pretty well, picking up 14 wickets in three Test matches during the series, including a career best 6/125 at the Gabba, Brisbane. He was expensive though at WACA and was left out of the squad for the final two Test matches. A drastic dip in form relegated Finn to the sidelines as Tim Bresnan and Chris Tremlett edged ahead in the three-way-race for the third seamer's slot behind James Anderson and Broad. Though he was ignored for the Test format, he was a force to reckon with in the abbreviated versions of the game, as illustrated by his eye-catching bowling displays on rather docile Indian pitches. Finn returned to the Test fray in 2012 against South Africa, but an ill-advised tendency to disturb the stumps in his delivery stride seeped into his bowling system, often denying him richly deserved wickets. Eventually, the ICC was forced to make a rule that if a bowler disturbs the non-striker's stumps while delivering, then the ball will be declared a no ball. He shortened his run-up in an attempt to arrest this problem but it adversely affected his rhythm. In the interim, the tearaway quick had to pull out of England's monumental Test victory in India because of a troublesome thigh injury. A sub-par bowling performance in the first Test of the 2013 Ashes in England forced him to warm the benches yet again. Finn, however, was picked up for the return Ashes Down Under, just to be deemed unfit to play in the XI. He didn't play a single Test and was sent back home halfway through the series. Finn, then, went back and worked on his bowling and came back in the ODI series against India. He also travelled to Sri Lanka, but was not at his best. The tri-series Down Under involving Australia and India, saw Finn back at his menacing best. The tall fast bowler picked up his maiden ODI five-wicket haul versus India, which also gave him the Man of the Match award. He along with Anderson, Broad and Chris Woakes form the four-man pace attack for England in the World Cup. Back from the World Cup, Finn showed some signs of returning to his previous best, grabbing six for 79 against arch-rivals, Australia, in Birmingham. It turned out to be a false ray of hope though - Finn never came anywhere close to replicating those figures in the next few matches, although he did chip in usefully to help England beat South Africa in the Boxing Day Test in Durban. The emergence of new talent left Finn behind in the race to partner Anderson and Broad - the strapping Middlesex seamer was left out from the squad for the tour of India in late 2016. Finn continues to be a part of England's one-day set-up though - recalled for the tour of West Indies in early 2017. He has also found favour with various Twenty20 franchises, having already represented Otago and Islamabad United. During the inauguration player draft of Global T20 league, he was picked up by the Pretoria Mavericks as one of their overseas players.