Will Steve Finn be rested? England coach Andy Flower hints at changes for Melbourne Test

England face awkward selection decisions ahead of the fourth Test in Melbourne as speculation continues that Steven Finn may be rested.

Coach Andy Flower, characteristically diplomatic, neither confirmed nor denied that the promotion of Ian Bell above Paul Collingwood or a rest for Finn may be on the agenda after the trouncing in Perth.

Changes of some sort may come into the equation, with leading wicket-taker Finn continuing to leak runs as well as see off batsmen.

Will he be rested? Steven Finn celebrates

Will he be rested? Steven Finn celebrates

The series has reached a critical point, and Flower added: 'We're back to evens. Of course, tactically, we will adjust for Melbourne. It's a different set of circumstances.

'I think Steven Finn has done really well. For a 21-year-old to come into an Ashes series in Australia, he's handled himself superbly.

'He's taken a lot of wickets in three Test matches. I think we expect a lot of these young men, to come in and shoulder quite a lot of responsibility - and I think he's done that really well.

'A five Test series is hard on everyone, both physically and emotionally, and for the fast bowlers more so.'

Flower and captain Andrew Strauss will not be tempted to upset the balance of their team, however, by even considering picking an extra bowler.

'The workload on the bowlers is heavy - but in the absence of a quality all-rounder, we are sticking with a four-bowler attack,' said the coach. 'We've shown over the last 18 months it's served us well.'

This is what we've got to do: England coach Andy Flower speaks to reporters in Perth on Monday

This is what we've got to do: England coach Andy Flower speaks to reporters in Perth on Monday

In those circumstances, England need off-spinner Graeme Swann to recover his composure quickly after failing to make a significant impact in Perth - on a pitch which gave him precious little assistance.

Flower is convinced Swann will do so, having come off worst against Hussey in particular, both in Melbourne and perhaps more importantly in likely favourable conditions for the final Test in Sydney.

'Without a doubt, he can come back. He got him in the first innings of this Test, and I'd be surprised if Swann got intimidated by Michael Hussey.

'We'd have expected a guy of his quality to affect the momentum a little more. But once we got on that pitch, we all noticed it was tricky facing the quicks and the bounce was aiding them - and there wasn't much turn there for him - so it was a difficult task.

'I don't blame him for that at all - it was a tough ask. Melbourne is a different set of conditions.'

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