New Delhi: England bowler Steven Finn has made an excellent comeback in the Test cricket after two long years. On his return match, the lanky speedster proved his mettle straight away and silenced his critics.
In the on-going 3rd Ashes Test, the 26-year-old replaced injured Mark Wood in the playing XI. And the pacer didn't took much time to prove his worth as he started off with the wicket of in-form and top-ranked Test batsman Steven Smith, with a peach of a delivery on Day 1.
Soon, Finn made Michael Clarke his next victim, beating the out of form Australian skipper with sheer pace. Visitors never recovered from Finn's double-blow and were bundled out for a paltry total of 136 within 37 overs.
England then took the crucial first innings lead of 145 runs.
When the visitors came in to bat for the second time, Finn didn't leave any stone unturned and ran through the Australian batting line-up. This time, the speedster not only got the better of Smith and Clarke for the second time in the match, but also picked up the wickets of Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh and Mitchell Johnson to complete his five-wicket haul.
At Day 2 stumps of the Edgbaston Test, England are in complete control of the match. In fact, it would be right to say that they are on the verge of wining the 3rd Test to take a 2-1 lead in the high-profile series.
Australia ended the second day at 168/7 to take a lead of 18 runs.
Many former cricketers took to micro blogging site, Twitter, to hail Finn's outstanding comeback.
Fantastic performance by @finnysteve Shows that hard work, mental strength and talent does pay off. Well bowled.
— Alec Stewart (@StewieCricket) July 30, 2015
— Graeme Swann (@Swannyg66) July 30, 2015
Seeing some great lateral movement off the pitch after a long time. Well bowled Steven Finn! #Ashes2015
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) July 30, 2015