Steven Finn laments poor batting performance

Steven Finn (left) celebrating the dismissal of Mitchell Marsh (right) on day two of the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval.
Steven Finn (left) celebrating the dismissal of Mitchell Marsh (right) on day two of the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval.
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England pacer Steven Finn seemed a dejected man after his team's embarrassing batting performance against Australia on day two of the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval on Friday.

In a performance reminiscent of their Lord’s disaster with bat, England lost eight wickets in 40 overs with just 107 runs on the board at stumps on the second day – still trailing Australia by another 374 runs.

Finn was honest in admitting that England’s batsmen were injudicious in their shot-selection on a surface that was good to bat on.

"We're disappointed about the way we played," said Finn to Sky Sports.

"It was a very, very poor day, there's no hiding away from that.

“Australia, credit to them, batted very well and then showed us how to bowl on this pitch.”

Although England have already reclaimed the urn with their huge win at Trent Bridge, Finn insisted that his side weren’t short of inspiration heading into the dead rubber at The Oval.

There have been speculations on the pitch being too docile to be of any help to the seamers but Finn denied the notion citing Australia’s bowling performance as an example to prove his point.

“It's a good wicket, and Australia's bowlers got a lot more out of it than we did.

“We hold our hands up.

"Every time we put on an England shirt, we want to do ourselves and our country justice - and the people who have paid money to come here and watch.”

Finn doesn't believe that England’s batsmen were guilty of being too aggressive with the bat despite the flurry of wickets to rash strokes.

Although England are staring down at a probable defeat, Finn wants his team to give it their all till the very end of the match to finish the series in a positive manner.

"We don't want to finish this series on a bum note, we want to finish it with our heads held high.

“We have to be able to look at each other in the eye at the end of these five days and say 'I gave everything, and fought as hard as I possibly could'.

"I don't think it was an 'attitude thing'. I think we had the right attitude but some of our execution wasn't as good as we'd have liked it to be.

"People will go to their hotel rooms and reflect on what we could have done better.”

England still need another 175 runs to avoid the follow-on with just two wickets left although it is doubtful if Michael Clarke will ask the hosts to bat again when the opportunity does present itself.

Irrespective of what Australia decide, Finn knows that the third day will be of massive significance with no room for any further slip-up for Alastair Cook’s men.

“Whatever they decide to do, we have to be prepared," Finn said.

"Whatever we have to do tomorrow, we have to do well, and everyone in the dressing room is determined to do so.

"I'm sure all our batsmen will be prepared to follow on.”

Finn also insisted that the mood in the England camp was still positive despite having a disappointing day with the bat.

Although Australia are in pole position at the moment, Finn believes his side can still stage a turnaround in the match.

"We're not giving up this game.

“We have 12 wickets to score as many runs as we can and we have to do it with a determination to succeed."

Finn, who ended with figures of 3-90, went past the landmark of 100 Test wickets on Friday when he accounted for Mitchell Marsh.

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