Fraser encouraged by Finn form

  • Last Updated: April 3 2014, 18:53 BST

Angus Fraser is pleased with Steven Finn's progress as the England seamer attempts to rebuild his confidence after a nightmare Ashes Tour.

Steven Finn: Was sent home early from the Ashes tour
Steven Finn: Was sent home early from the Ashes tour

Finn's international future is uncertain after he was sent home early from Australia, amidst serious concerns about his action and confidence.

County team Middlesex have been overseeing Finn's return to form in the past few months and the 24-year-old has produced some encouraging displays in recent warm-up games.

Fraser told Sky Sports News: "Steven is going forward nicely. It's not every time that he picks up the ball in every spell that it goes exactly right, but we're not expecting that.

"He's made some good progress. Richard Johnson, the Middlesex bowling assistant coach, he's done excellent work with him and we're delighted with the progress that he's making.

"He's played in all three of Middlesex's warm-up games against Surrey, Somerset and Hampshire and everything being equal, we're hoping and expecting him to play in the Championship opener against Sussex on Sunday in Hove."

Eoin Morgan is also expected to feature at the weekend after England's elimination from the World Twenty20 finals.

Morgan has already linked-up with his county team-mates and Fraser feels England's T20 skipper will be keen to impress after his side bowed out in the group stages in Bangladesh.

"Eoin's very keen to highlight what he's got to offer too," said Fraser.

"He's pulled out of the IPL to give himself a chance to play some country cricket to push himself forward and again there are some opportunities in the middle order.

"He's a bright bloke, he will sit down, assess the situation and has thought if he can produce some scores over the next few weeks, I've got every chance of being included in the selector's thoughts."