Cricket – Ashes: Finn still confident after Trent Bridge fightback

England bowler Steve Finn confident first Ashes Test

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England bowler Steve Finn is adamant that England’s late surge on day one of the first Ashes Test has put them in a good position.

England won the toss at Trent Bridge and decided to bat although that call backfired as Peter Siddle took 5-50 to help dismiss the hosts for 215.

At lunch, England appeared to be in a good position on 98-2 but Siddle destroyed the middle order in a blistering display. Fellow seamers James Pattinson and Mitchell Starc then cleaned up the tail to put pressure on England on the first day.

However, the overcast conditions played into England’s hands and Finn and James Anderson took two wickets each to leave the Aussies on 75-4 at the close of play.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Finn said: “We would definitely have liked to get more runs on the board, especially after winning the toss, but that fightback in the end leaves us in a strong position.

“We learnt from our experiences on the first day of the last Ashes. It wasn’t quite that frenetic but we lost wickets at important times and we knew we had to come out this evening and put in a strong performance.

“Jimmy (Anderson) has been a magician for a long time now and it is a testimony to how hard he works and the hours he puts in to developing those skills. He is a great man to have in the dressing room to learn off and an even better man to have at mid-off.”

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