Ashes 2013: Steven Finn praises England for comeback

Ashes 2013: Steven Finn praises England for fighting back from a poor start to limit Australia to 75-4 on day one at Trent Bridge

By Callum Orr

Steven Finn admitted he was pleased with England’s fightback on day one of the Ashes after the home side were dismissed for just 215 runs at Trent Bridge.

Australia wasted no time in assuming the early advantage, thanks to some precise bowling and sloppy batting from the hosts.

But England fought back from their early troubles with two late wickets apiece from Finn and James Anderson leaving the Australians on 75-4 heading into day two.

And although disappointed with his side’s batting performance, Finn insisted that England will take heart from their late show of defiance.

“I think we fought back really well in that last session,” said Finn. “Jimmy bowled beautifully and I managed to pick up a couple of important wickets.

“The batters said it is a good wicket but there is value in holding a length and trying to hit the top of off stump.

“I thought we played really nicely until lunch but we know we deal well with setbacks and it’s important we set the tone tomorrow morning. The cloud cover was helpful as was having the lights on so we’ll wake up and see how it is.”

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