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Finn puts England on verge of victory

Australia stutters to 168 for 7 in its second innings at stumps on day two to hold a slender overall lead of 23

Finn puts England on verge of victory - Cricket News
Johnson and Nevill frustrated England with a 42-run partnership for the seventh wicket but Finn returned to dismiss the former.
An inspired spell of 5 for 45 from comeback man Steven Finn put England on the verge of a massive victory in the third Test against Australia at Edgbaston on Thursday (July 30).
At stumps on the second day, Australia was struggling at 168 for 7 in its second innings, leading by just 23 runs. Peter Nevill, who made a fighting 37 and Mitchell Starc, on seven, were at the crease at the end of another day dominated by the home side.
Opener David Warner smashed a typically attacking 77 from 62 balls but the rest of the batting line-up struggled against England's accuracy. Only three Australian batsmen made double-figure scores in the second innings.
England resumed the day on 133 for 3 and was quickly put on the back foot by Mitchell Johnson, who went past a special milestone of 300 Test wickets. The left-arm pacer took two wickets in three balls as Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes gloved sharp bouncers through to Nevill. However, Joe Root (63) and Moeen Ali (59) made half-centuries and took England to a total of 281.
After securing a first-innings lead of 145, England struck early when Chris Rogers was trapped in front for six by Stuart Broad. Finn took over, dismissing Steven Smith and Michael Clarke for the second time in the match. 

Smith fell before tea when he top-edged an attempted pull shot to Jos Buttler for eight. A short while after the interval, Finn struck twice in two balls to leave Australia in trouble. 
Clarke was the first to go, caught at third slip for just three, and the next ball, Adam Voges edged to Ian Bell at second slip to fall for nought.
Mitchell Marsh ensured that Finn didn't get a hat-trick but he was bowled by the same bowler for 12 a little later. Warner kept Australia's hopes alive and went past his half-century before he fell to James Anderson, getting a leading edge to cover while trying to flick.
Johnson and Nevill frustrated England with a 42-run partnership for the seventh wicket but Finn returned to dismiss the former with the first ball of his new spell when the batsman sliced to point. Nevill and Starc survived the rest of the day but face a daunting task on Friday. 
Anderson left the field with a side strain, and will be assessed overnight to determine the seriousness of the injury.

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