Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Five-Star Finn Proves the Demons Have Gone

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Five-Star Finn Proves the Demons Have Gone

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Byline: Matt Majendie

AYEAR ago, Steven Finn flew home early from the Ashes tour with England's coaching team saying he was "not selectable" because of technical problems with his bowling action. Today, he was like a player reborn as he took career-best one-day figures of five for 33 to set the platform for England's most complete performance in recent memory a nine-wicket victory over India in Brisbane.

Finn set the tone for England along with James Anderson, returning from a knee injury which had ruled him out of the trip to Sri Lanka, while England's fielders backed up their bowlers with two impressive catches in the deep.

As a result, India were skittled out for 153 and England sealed the victory with 22.3 overs remaining courtesy of an impressive partnership between Ian Bell, who scored a virtual run-a-ball 88, and James Taylor, who notched up the winning runs to finish unbeaten on 56.

The resulting bonus point from the game also puts England in a good position to reach the Tri-Series Final. While the duo's batting performance was impressive, they were effectively able to play with the shackles off courtesy of an excellent bowling performance. It was befitting that it should come at The Gabba, where Finn had cut a forlorn figure a year ago.

England captain Eoin Morgan, overseeing his first win since taking over the captaincy from Alastair Cook, described the performance as "outstanding" in the immediate aftermath.

"We really put a team performance together today which we're delighted with," he said. "Jimmy [Anderson] set the tone with the early breakthrough. If it swings he tends to take advantage so it's great to have Jimmy back.

"We've put together an outstanding performance and that's the same with Steve Finn. He's come a long way over the last two years. For him to produce a performance like this, that I've seen in Middlesex throughout his career, makes me happy. …

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