Finn in as England leave out Swann

  • Last Updated: August 2 2012, 12:42 BST

Graeme Swann has been left out of England's Test team for the first time in more than three years with Steven Finn coming in.

Steven Finn: Comes into the side in place of Swann

England's XI for the second Test against South Africa at Headingley also includes debutant batsman James Taylor.

Swann has been ever-present in the Test team for the past three-and-a-half years, but England decided to go into a match without a first-choice spinner for the first time since facing these same opponents here in 2003.

Fast bowler Finn has an early opportunity to prove himself too, after Andrew Strauss won the toss and could therefore unleash his all-pace attack at this often seamer-friendly venue.

England must at least avoid defeat here, not only to keep the three-match Investec Test series alive but to stay top of the International Cricket Council rankings.

South Africa were, as predicted, unchanged as they seek to close out series victory here and replace England at number one in the table.