England find themselves on the brink of victory in the third Ashes Test after Steven Finn took five wickets on an unbelievable day at Edgbaston.
Starc went down swinging for 58, Ali snaring the final wicket as Australia were bowled out for 265 late in Friday’s morning session.
Other than opener David Warner’s counter-attacking 62-ball 77, the tourists’ scorecard was dominated by a flurry of single-figure scores before rookie wicketkeeper Peter Nevill posted a gutsy and unbeaten 37.
Mitchell Johnson needed less than one over on Day Two of the third Ashes 2015 Test to wrest back the advantage from England. “I used to put myself under a huge amount of pressure when I went out there and played”, Finn said.
This match represented a remarkable turnaround from England’s humiliating 405-run defeat in the second Test at Lord’s which saw Australia level the series at 1-1. “We need these two guys to put on a 100-run partnership and get the ball rolling”. The guys will be disappointed and want to rectify that, but at the moment we need this tail to wag.
Finn capsized the Aussie boat with a five-wicket haul after England were bowled out for 281 in their 1st innings.
When Josh Hazlewood was sharply caught at third slip by Joe Root leaping high to his right to give Steve Finn his sixth wicket, Australia were 245 for nine.
That left them 85 runs in front after they had dismissed Australia for just 136, with James Anderson taking an Ashes-best six for 47, on Wednesday.
After 65 overs Australia have a lead of 73 runs on England.
Australia’s fragility was ruthlessly exposed by Finn after Chris Rogers was trapped lbw for six to Stuart Broad.
But the early exchanges belonged to Mitchell Johnson, who produced two superb short balls in his opening over that Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes could only glove behind.
Michael Clarke’s decision to bat with plenty of cloud cover spectacularly backfired as England’s fast bowlers had Australia on the rack.
BIRMINGHAM, July 30 From outcast to hero, Steven Finn rediscovered the zing that made him England’s youngest bowler to take 50 test wickets by ripping through Australia and boost the home side’s hopes of regaining the Ashes.
But come Friday, Anderson had been ruled out of both the remainder of this match and next week’s fourth Test at Trent Bridge with a side strain suffered while bowling on Thursday.
The aggressive left-hander smashed a 35-ball fifty.
Warner conceded his side was on the back foot after losing three wickets in the first hour of the match, but suggested England’s bowlers deserve a lot of credit.