Alastair Cook refuses to reveal Steven Finn’s replacement as Stuart Meaker, Tim Bresnan, Graham Onions and Monty Panesar sweat

10:03 14 November 2012

England captain Alastair Cook speaks during a press conference at Lord

England captain Alastair Cook speaks during a press conference at Lord's Cricket Ground, London. Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

England captain Alastair Cook would not be drawn on his plans to replace Steven Finn in the bowling line-up, and resented the accusation that he was picking from the also-rans.

Tim Bresnan is likely to be the one selected on the pacemen front but England may select two spinners meaning Monty Panesar would come in with James Anderson, Stuart Broad (if fit) and Jonathan Trott providing the seam options.

Stuart Meaker is the closest bowler to Finn’s style with Graham Onions also hoping for a spot in the side.

He told Sky Sports News: “I wouldn’t call them back-up bowlers, they’re all vying for a place to play in this XI, to be lucky enough to play for England.

“They’ve all worked hard to get used to these conditions and as selectors we’ve got a tough decision to make.”

Cook admitted he had not been out to check on the condition of the wicket at Ahmedabad since yesterday morning.

“Wickets change a lot in 24 hours,” he added. “Yesterday it looked quite a dry wicket and I think it’s been relaid so not much first-class cricket has been played on it.”

Related articles

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

Just like the unwanted presents they are, you could argue (and we will) these players should be on their way out this Christmas.

Read more

Ahhh… When did the 1990s become the “good old days”?

Read more

After weeks of challenges and cringeworthy boardroom showdowns, Lord Sugar made a decision – and Twitter was watching.

Read more

Promoted content

We've got a great selection of Secret Santa presents and stocking fillers for under a tenner...  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Office Secret Santa: it’s a Christmas ritual that everyone dreads, but no-one wants to seem like a Scrooge by saying no. Never fear, London24 is here to make buying gifts for Dave in Accounts simple and stress-free, with a selection of presents for under a tenner

Money saving Christmas gifts to add to your shopping list!

It’s nearly time to go on the hunt for Christmas presents, stuck on what to get for your nearest and dearest? We’ve picked out a selection of great deals to get you started and to help you save some pennies!

Just like the unwanted presents they are, you could argue (and we will) these players should be on their way out this Christmas.

It’s a sad day for football fans, but especially Hereford United fans after their club has been wound up by the High Court.

Carols are much more fun when you make them about football.

Two of the league’s least resilient defences face off at Anfield, while Manchester City need someone other than Sergio Aguero to score.

TOP STORIES