Finn eventually made the breakthrough when Nevill was caught down the leg side, the paceman taking a test best 6-79 after a two-year absence from the side.
Australia lost three wickets in the morning with Finn, branded “unselectable” by former England limited overs coach Ashley Giles 18 months ago due to a breakdown in his bowling action, sending back Steve Smith (7) and skipper Michael Clarke (10).
“My first over went for 14 and I was questioning where it disappeared to but after that I settled in okay and bowled some decent balls”. “We’ve just got to make sure we do a professional job”.
Anderson struggled at the start of the evening session and was seen clutching his side repeatedly before aborting his run-up on the next ball and immediately left the field.
“For Jimmy to walk off halfway through an over, it can’t be too good”, he said.
Australia, whose batsmen prospered at Lord’s in squaring the series after defeat in Cardiff, failed to cope with seam and swing-friendly conditions after winning the toss.
“England bowled particularly well and the conditions suited them”, he added.
The two first innings produced 417 runs, compared to 878 in the second test at Lord’s, won by Australia.
Comeback man Steven Finn’s sensational seam bowling took England at the verge of pulling of a series lead after day 2 of Edgbaston Test.
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.
For England, Ali and Broad hit 56 runs off nine overs after lunch as England seized control of the test with a first-innings lead of 145 after Australia’s 136 all out.
Johnson came on next and was turned away neatly by Root for four off his first ball that boundary may not have been wise as England was reduced to 142-5 with two quick wickets from Johnson.
Clarke, who admitted his poor form with the bat was a big cause for concern, said credit must go to England.
Smith perished for eight when he top-edged to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler and Finn had his tail up again immediately after the interval. After Joe Root got out after scoring 63 runs, it was Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad’s 8th wicket partnership of 87 runs that saved the England’s ship.