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I'm happy to contribute - Steven Finn

Steven Finn celebrates a wicket
Steven Finn is pleased to have made a successful return to the Test team
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England pacer Steven Finn is a happy man after his five-wicket haul in the second innings of the third Ashes Test put England in command on day two at Edgbaston.

Finn is pleased to have made a successful return to the side after a lengthy hiatus that saw him struggle with form and fitness. 

"Just nice to contribute to put us in a good position to win the game," he said.

"Obviously some personal milestones that were nice to get over... to put a test shirt back on.

“It's been great fun the last two days.”

Playing in his first Test for more than two years, Finn announced his arrival in style on Wednesday removing Steven Smith and Michael Clarke in quick succession to set the tone for the rest of the innings.

However, Finn’s best was yet to come, as he showed in Australia’s second innings when he bowled an exceptional spell either side of the tea break on day two to dismantle the visitors.

After having faced a tough time away from the side, Finn says he is relieved at being able to justify his skills on the big stage. 

"There have been dark times along the way, but it makes those good times all the more satisfying.

"To be sat here and help put the team in this position, it feels pretty darn good to be honest with you.

"Every cricketer goes through ups and downs no matter how high or how low. To come out the other side, it's a good feeling."

Despite being the fastest England bowler to 50 Test wickets, Finn’s career stalled following a promising start due to an inconsistent run up and action further compounded by his no-ball issues.

While Finn made a comeback to the England one-day side last year, he continued to be in and out of the side due to his fragility as a bowler.

However, the start of this season has been great for Finn, who had been bowling with verve and venom as he rediscovered his rhythm.

Luck finally smiled on Finn as an injury to Mark Wood saw the 26-year-old earn a much-deserved Test recall.

Finn ended the second day with outstanding figures of five for 45 from 13 overs as Australia were reduced to 168 for seven and a lead of just 23.

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