Finn focused on West Indies

Steven Finn says England are not being distracted by an upcoming clash with Australia

Steven Finn says England are not being distracted by an upcoming clash with Australia

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Steven Finn has denied England are already thinking about their upcoming one-day international series against Australia.

Alastair Cook's side will renew acquaintances with the old enemy in just over a week's time at Lord's in the first of five games. Before then they must complete the already-secured NatWest one-day international series against West Indies in Leeds, before a single Twenty20 at Trent Bridge on Sunday.

"The series is going to be a great opportunity for us to see where we are because they are the number one one-day side in the world... It will give us a great chance to get one up over them before the Ashes series next summer. But predominantly we're looking forward to today's game and then we'll think about the Aussies next week," Finn said.

Interest in the final West Indies games has been undermined following the decision by England's selectors to rest key names, with Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan set to sit out at Headingley.

Finn added: "They (Australia) are missing a couple of guys like (Mike) Hussey and (Ricky) Ponting but it's important that we try to assert ourselves on that series. Everyone is excited about the Australia series - but the squad hasn't even been picked."

Finn has added reason for motivation at Headingley as he will get a rare chance to carry an England attack weakened by the absences of Broad, Swann and Bresnan.

With one or both of inexperienced duo Chris Woakes and Stuart Meaker set to be drafted in, Finn has welcomed the opportunity to take on more responsibility after recently establishing himself in the 50-over side.

"Having those senior players missing gives me an opportunity to be an even more senior player within the group," the 23-year-old said. "It's an exciting experience - any experience I get of being a senior player is great.

"Yes pressure comes with that but pressure is something I enjoy. I feel like I'm getting better at dealing with that and other pressures on the pitch and as you get more experienced at international cricket and the more experiences you are exposed to you become better. Hopefully you can keep improving."

Finn has been a key figure as England have won all six of their ODIs this year with the right-armer having taken 15 wickets - almost double his nearest team-mate - at an average of 14.07. His ability to claim early wickets have proved vital and after persistent rain in Leeds there could be early assistance for him.

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