Champions Trophy 2017: England's Steve Finn says mega event must go on despite safety concerns after London attack

Reuters, Jun, 05 2017

England have no safety concerns in the wake of Saturday's militant attack that killed seven people in London and the Champions Trophy cricket tournament must go on, bowler Steve Finn has said.

In the third major assault to hit Britain in less than three months, attackers rammed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing revellers in nearby bars.

File picture of England cricketers. Getty

File image of Steve FInn. Getty

All team hotels subsequently went into lockdown and the International Cricket Council (ICC) issued a statement on Sunday saying it would review security in line with threat levels.

"It is a sorry state of affairs but we will keep playing cricket and be defiant in the face of it and hopefully put a smile on people's faces here," said Finn, who replaced the injured Chris Woakes in the England squad on Sunday.

"We are fully supportive of the security plans that are in place. We have been briefed on how we are going to be protected.

"We are very comfortable that there is a ring of steel around us so that everyone who is on the ground will be safe. As long as our minds are at ease, we will be alright to play cricket," the 28-year-old added.

Cricket Australia (CA) said they were also "comfortable" with the security for the event featuring the top eight teams in the one-day international rankings.

"We toured Bangladesh last year under very tight security and were looked after very well. This tournament will be no different," Finn said.

Some of his teammates were staying in a hotel less than half a mile (800 metres) from the attack, while all-rounder Ben Stokes was dining in Leicester Square.

"Ben struggled to get back to the hotel because of the roads being cordoned off," Finn said.

"But as far as I am aware no one else was affected or involved. Everyone in our squad was fine."

With Woakes unavailable and Stokes struggling to bowl at full pace because of a problematic knee, Finn can expect to be selected for Tuesday's match against New Zealand with England looking to record a second straight victory in the tournament.

"Woakes is an excellent bowler and has been for England in white-ball and red-ball cricket for a long time. I am obviously taller than the other guys around, so maybe there is a different element to that," he told Sky Sports.

"I'm going into these training days leading in the game and if I get the call beyond that then great and I will try my best for my country."

Published Date: Jun 05, 2017 | Updated Date: Jun 05, 2017

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1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
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2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4717 115
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
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1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115