Steven Finn
Steven Finn has been ruled out of the tour of South Africa Getty Images

England fast bowler Steven Finn has been ruled out of the remainder of the tour of South Africa with a side strain. The 26-year-old seamer injured himself during England's dramatic seven-wicket victory against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on 16 January.

The injury means he will miss the one remaining Test match in the four-game series, as well as the limited overs leg of the tour, which includes five one-day internationals and three Twenty20 games.

Finn was widely considered to have been among England's star performers in South Africa. He is, in fact, the second highest wicket-taker in the series with 11 scalps at 26.09. The tall fast bowler was particularly excellent in the opening match of the series in Durban, which England won by 241 runs.

Finn's place in the Test side is likely to be taken by one of Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan or Mark Footitt, as England search for a 3-0 series triumph over the Proteas. Meanwhile, his place in the limited-overs squad has gone to Yorkshire fast bowler Liam Plunkett, who was surprisingly omitted from the original squad.

Despite this, Finn is expected to have regained fitness in time for the World T20 tournament in India, which begins in March.