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Good To Be Back Playing In Australia - Finn

Steven Finn celebrates his five-wicket haul
Steve Finn made a welcome return to form in Australia with a five-wicket haul in Brisbane
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England fast bowler Steve Finn celebrated his return to international cricket in Australia with a five-wicket haul against India in their ongoing tri-series in Brisbane, and he is pleased to have returned to such form.

Thanks to his five for 33, along with James Anderson’s four for 18, India were bowled out for 153 runs.

"The pitch bounced a lot especially from my end, and I could bowl a fullish (sic) length and it was coming at waist height which can be uncomfortable for anyone," he said.

"It was partly the way we bowled and partly the wicket. But we used that to our advantage and as a bowling unit we stuck to our guns really well and made the Indian batsmen come to us.

"It is always tough to go out and defend a 150-run target. We have a couple guys who are in good touch and you know it’s always tough in that situation. Our seam bowlers bowled very well today and Moeen Ali also supported us well. He gave us a break today as well in the heat and it was very good as well," he added.

It has been a good comeback personally for Finn who left the Ashes tour last summer and went home to regain his confidence. From then until now, it has been a long comeback, but his hard work paid off today.

"It’s just nice to help England win a game of cricket. A lot has happened in the last 12 months. It was pretty much to a day where I went home from that tour of Australia.

"That corner has been turned and I turned it a while ago. All that stuff is in the past now and I am just looking forward. To take five wickets today was very pleasing after the work I have put in," said Finn.

"I always thought in my mind that it was possible to return to Australia and perform. To come here and be in the same hotels and get over those hurdles has been good fun and I am enjoying it," he added.

The Indian batsmen were at fault too, playing too many rash strokes and as such there was only one proper partnership - between Stuart Binny and MS Dhoni.

More importantly, Virat Kohli, batting at number four, again failed against England.

When asked if they had his number, Finn replied, "I wouldn’t read too much into one one-day innings. He is an outstanding player and has the respect of everyone in our dressing room.

"The way he played in the Test series here against a very good Australian attack was outstanding. We won’t say we have a hold over him.

"He is an excellent player and it was good to get him out cheaply today. If we keep doing that we will be happy because he is a very good player."

Dhoni blamed his batsmen for a lack of partnerships that saw the team collapse for a low score which England overcame with 22.3 overs to spare and also got a bonus point.

"Getting off to a good start is important, especially in these conditions, but that doesn’t mean the openers will always have to perform, the Indian skipper said.

"If you lose an early wicket, then it is important to have some kind of partnership going and still have wickets in hand close to the end of the 30th over with a decent run rate. Then we can look to accelerate from there.

“That moreover is the game plan but we have kept losing wickets. Today also, there was a bit of a partnership, then we lost one wicket and then we lost Rayudu. We are eating up deliveries to create a partnership but once when the right time is there to accelerate, that’s when we are losing a wicket and again the batsmen from that point on are not really able to bat freely," he added.

Binny, included in the side ahead of Ravichandran Ashwin, was the only player to enjoy a good game. He scored 44 runs and then opened the bowling, taking the solitary wicket of Moeen Ali.

"We have to see what is the best possible way we can use him," said Dhoni.

"He is definitely someone who can swing the ball. We also wanted to see what he can do with the new ball because it opens up more possibilities for us.

"At least now, we know what he will do with the new ball and as this tournament progresses and before the start of the World Cup, we will exactly be sure as to when and how we want to use him and that clarity of thought will help us in deciding the playing eleven."

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