England's Finn ready to blunt Gayle challenge

Last Updated: Wed, Sep 26, 2012 12:11 hrs

England fast bowler Steve Finn has said he is ready for the challenge explosive West Indian batsman Chris Gayle would put up when the two teams meet in the Super Eight stage of the Twenty20 World Cup in Kandy, Sri Lanka on Thursday.

Finn bounced Gayle out for just two last time when the two teams met in a T20 international in June, something that may be possible again, given Pallekele's reputation for helping pace bowlers.

"For me, potentially opening the bowling against him, it's going to be up to me to set the tone against him," The Telegraph quoted Finn, as saying.

"He's obviously an excellent player, but we got him out cheaply at Trent Bridge in that Twenty20. He's a very important player for the West Indies, but by no means is he their only dangerous player," he added.

"It's going to be important that we don't just think about Chris Gayle, although he's obviously going to be a massive wicket for us," he said.

Finn said he is excited by the prospect of facing Gayle, who is often termed as the 'Darth Vader' of cricket.

"I've never spoken to him, but I'm sure he'd be an interesting character to get to know. Even when he's out there in the middle, he's got an aura about him, and when you're watching him on TV, he's got a massive aura about him," Finn said.

"It's exciting to come up against people like that, I see it as a great challenge to be able to go out there and bowl at one of the best, if not the best Twenty20 batsmen in the world," he added.

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