Finn unfazed by Kiwi spirit

  • Last Updated: February 14 2013, 7:57 GMT

England are confident no amount of extra aggression from New Zealand will distract them in Friday's Twenty20 decider at the Westpac Stadium.

Finn: Kiwi aggression won't rattle England
Finn: Kiwi aggression won't rattle England

Seamer Mitchell McClenaghan spoke after the hosts' series-levelling win in Hamilton of their "Kiwi spirit" and determination to keep the pressure on England.

Two wickets in two balls from the left-armer put England's failed run chase in early trouble, and McClenaghan also had a confrontation with Jade Dernbach in the opening match in Auckland.

But Dernbach's fellow pace bowler Steven Finn insists England will not be put off.

"If they want to be more aggressive, that's not something that fazes us ... we concentrate on what we want to do," he said.

Finn's most significant personal challenge at present is to stop knocking over the stumps in his delivery stride - an unwanted habit which has already cost him two international wickets when the umpire has called dead ball rather than raised his finger.

As a collective, though, he believes England's bowling attack remain on the right track - despite conceding 192 for six to New Zealand at Seddon Park on Tuesday.

Asked if much needs to change, he said: "No, I don't think so.

"Our basic principles were the same ... we just have to make sure we nail our plans and skills. That's when we'll win games of cricket."

Finn is looking forward to his next opportunity to do just that.

"It's certainly going to be an exciting end to the series," he said.

"We've played some good cricket at stages throughout the two games - excellent in the first and then at times in the second.

"We're ready for the game tomorrow, and it will be good fun."

He is satisfied with his own form too, having taken three for 72 in the first two matches.

"As a bowler, you have to find ways of not leaking runs," he said.

"That's part of the challenge of the series, and I've enjoyed it so far.

"I went at about 10 an over in the first game. But we won, so I was happy.

"The other night, I thought I bowled all right apart from a couple of balls I probably got wrong at the wrong stage of the innings. But that happens in Twenty20 cricket.

"I'm happy with where I am at the moment."

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum hit 74 from only 38 balls to help make the scoreline 1-1.

"It was a stark improvement from the previous game," he said of the hosts' 55-run victory.

"We know England will come back stronger and smarter. We cannot afford to be complacent after one good performance."

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