Paceman Steven Finn was delighted to play a key role in England’s fight-back against Australia on a frenetic opening day of the Ashes series.
Despite winning the toss on a cloudy day at Trent Bridge, Alastair Cook’s decision to bat first looked a curious one after his side were bowled out for a meagre 215.
However, Finn took the wickets of Shane Watson and Ed Cowan in the space of two balls before agonisingly missing out on a hat-trick after Michael Clarke somehow failed to edge an excellent delivery from the Middlesex man.
Team-mate Anderson bowled Australia’s captain shortly after with a terrific ball that had Clarke beaten all ends up and then accounted for Chris Rogers as the tourists closed on 70 for four to leave the match firmly in the balance.
Finn admitted his disappointment at seeing England’s batsmen come up short, but was happy as they came roaring back towards the close of play.
“We definitely would have liked to have got more runs on the board having won the toss, but that fightback at the end to get four wickets in that last session leaves us in a strong position moving forward into tomorrow,” he told Sky Sports Ashes.
“We lost wickets at important times and we knew we had to come out this evening and put in a strong performance.
“Winning the toss and batting first, we would have liked to have got more runs on the board, but a few partnerships in there got us to where we were then the last 20 overs worked in our favour.”
Finn was also quick to pay tribute to Anderson, whose dismissal of Clarke took him past Fred Truman and into third in England’s all-time list of Test wicket-takers. “He’s been a magician for some time and it’s a testament to how hard he works and the hours that he puts in to developing new skills that he does things like that,” added Finn.
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