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Steve Finn issued a rallying cry to the Lord’s spectators ahead of the fourth and deciding Test with Pakistan.
The Middlesex quick bowler praised the atmosphere on the final day at The Oval last week when the hosts came tantalisingly close to spoiling Pakistan’s four wicket win.
The 21-year-old believes similar support at the Home of Cricket can inspire Andrew Strauss’ team in their last home Test before this winter’s Ashes series.
Finn said: "I think that the support we’re getting everywhere is amazing and having the public behind us really spurs us on.
"The atmosphere at The Oval when we took those few quick wickets and put Pakistan under pressure was amazing.
"Those few overs during that game were when we played our best cricket and put Pakistan under the most pressure.
"The more often there are situations like that where the crowd really gets behind us the better."
Finn took 9-187 in a Man of the Match performance against Bangladesh at Lord’s in May- a performance that marked his arrival on the international scene.
But the 6'7" fast bowler insists that is all in the past and said he is focusing on making sure England secure the series against Salman Butt’s improved tourists.
"That game against Bangladesh was a long time ago now and to be honest I’ve forgotten about it." Finn added.
"There is potential that if the rain and the murk stay around that it might nip around like it did in that Bangladesh Test Match."
"But I’ve got happy memories from the last few games against Pakistan and I’m hoping to perform well again."