England v Australia: Finn praises hosts’ attack after series win
Steve Finn praises England's attack after an emphatic eight-wicket victory over Australia sees the host's win the series
Steven Finn heaped praise on England’s bowlers after the hosts sealed an emphatic eight-wicket victory over Australia to win the one-day international series at Chester-le-Street.
Middlesex’s Finn was the pick of the bowlers in the fourth ODI, taking 4-37 off his ten overs, including the wicket of David Hussey, who offered the only real resistance to a dominant England attack.
“They were great conditions for fast bowling, it was a good toss to win and I thought we bowled really well as a unit and restricted them to a score which was manageable,” he told Sky Sports.
“Jimmy’s [Anderson] first five overs went for six runs, I think, and for them to be fifteen after ten overs, it put them on the back foot and it gave us a good foot hold in the game. I thought the other guys bowled beautifully.”
However, the 23-year-old was coy on whether his man-of-the-match performance would allow him to cement a place in the Test side.
“I’ve tried to be as consistent as I can in one-day cricket over the last twelve months. Where ever that leads in Test match cricket then so be it,” he added.
“First and foremost I’m concentrating on being good in the one-day game and if that Test match opportunity comes – then great!”
The hosts set a new record by recording their ninth successive victory in one-day cricket – England had previously won eight on the bounce on three separate occasions.
Alastair Cook won the toss and inserted Michael Clarke’s men in front of a buoyant crowd in the north-east.
Hussey saved Australia from a potentially embarrassing total, as the home side had their Ashes rivals at 68-4 when he came to the crease, and were 96-5 when Clarke was bowled by Finn for 43.
The 34-year-old looked accomplished in an innings which went along at almost a run a ball, before being caught in the deep by Anderson off the bowling of Finn for 70.
With 201 needed to complete a victory, England never looked in much trouble as they chased down the low total.
Ian Bell (69) and Cook (29) started positively, but were both dismissed by Clint McKay, leaving Jonathan Trott (64 not out) and a fluid Ravi Bopara (33 not out) the task of completing the series victory with a match to spare.