Finn strikes at the double

Droitwich Advertiser: England's Steven Finn (front) celebrates the wicket of Australia's David Warner at Chester-le-Street England's Steven Finn (front) celebrates the wicket of Australia's David Warner at Chester-le-Street

Steven Finn took two wickets in two balls as England yet again had Australia in big trouble, in the fourth NatWest Series match at Chester-le-Street.

Finn saw off opener David Warner and number three Peter Forrest, both lbw, after Alastair Cook won a significant toss and was therefore able to put Australia in under cloudy skies.

It was remarkable that play was able to get under way on time, after the welter of rain which fell in the north east on Friday night - and with sideways movement in the air and off the pitch available to Finn and James Anderson, the tourists struggled to 40 for two in 15 overs.

England, scenting the victory needed here for a 3-0 lead and consequent series victory with a match to spare, duly put themselves bang on course.

Anderson and Finn began with maidens, and Warner needed 16 balls to get off the mark. The left-hander had managed only to double his tally when he played across a full-length delivery from Finn and was hit on the pad. Nigel Llong decided not out, but DRS vindicated England by demonstrating the ball pitched in line and would have hit middle stump.

There was not even a passing doubt about Finn's second success as he pitched full again to Forrest, who got nowhere with a hesitant forward push and was hit on the back pad for a first-ball duck.

Michael Clarke survived a hat-trick ball which snaked back between bat and pad and was well taken high to his left by wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter. The Australia captain registered his team's first boundary, past cover from a full toss in Finn's next over and the eighth of the innings.

But England's new-ball pair, Finn especially, were still moving the ball around prodigiously - and it seemed more wickets were in the air.

First change Tim Bresnan should have had the next, and a big one too, when Clarke drove to Eoin Morgan at point on eight only for the Irishman to put down a straightforward catch.

At the other end, Shane Watson struck Broad resoundingly past mid-off to register his first boundary - from the 35th ball the opener faced, and after exactly an hour previously dedicated to survival. Broad overstepped two balls later, allowing Watson a free hit which he clubbed over long-on for six in an over which cost 14 runs.

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