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Ashes: Steven Finn's fifer demolishes Australia

England pacer's 5-45 rattles Clarke & Co as hosts hold on to advantage at Edgbaston

Birmingham: Australia in their second innings were 168 for seven, a lead of just 23 runs, against England at the close of the second day of the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston yesterday.

Steven Finn is delighted to dismiss Australia skipper Michael Clarke on Day Two of the third Test yesterday. Pic/Getty Images
Steven Finn is delighted to dismiss Australia skipper Michael Clarke on Day Two of the third Test yesterday. Pic/Getty Images 

Peter Nevill was 37 not out and Mitchell Starc seven not out, with England fast bowler Steven Finn taking five for 45 in 13 overs.
Dashing opener David Warner's 77 was the only bright spot for Australia in their second innings.

Playing in typically aggressive fashion, he took the attack to England's bowlers with a 35-ball fifty including eight fours.

If he hadn't yet turned the tide of the match, Warner had at least given England something to think about after they dismissed veteran opener Chris Rogers and Steven Smith to leave Australia 62 for two.

David Warner en route his 77. Pic/AFP
David Warner en route his 77. Pic/AFP 

Rogers, who had top-scored with 52 in Australia's meagre first innings 136, was lbw for six to a Stuart Broad delivery that angled in and held its line.

Middlesex fast bowler Steven Finn, playing his first Test since 2013, then dismissed Smith for the second time in the match.

Smith, the world's number one ranked Test batsman skyed an intended pull and was caught by wicket-keeper Jos Buttler for eight, having managed seven in the first innings.

Earlier, number eight Moeen Ali's quickfire 59 helped England to 281 all out and a first-innings lead of 145. Together with Broad (31), he put on a valuable 87 for the eighth wicket.

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