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Finn: 'We'll find a way to win'

England's Steven Finn says England will "devise a way to win" on the final day of the npower Test against Sri Lanka at Lord's.

Finn, who took 4-108 in Sri Lanka's second innings, was pleased with how England had reasserted themselves in the match:

"We've fought back in this game fantastically well. We're in a great position to push on tomorrow but we're not looking too far ahead."

A wayward bowling performance from the entire team on day three put England on the back foot, after they had dismissed Sri Lanka for just 82 to win the first Test in Cardiff:

"We stuck to our guns very well. To take seven wickets in the day today reinforced what we do.

"We can't expect things to happen like they did in Cardiff. Hopefully, it'll stay a bit overcast and there'll be enough in the wicket. If we do get a go at them tomorrow there'll definitely be enough pressure on them.

"We're not going to bowl like we did in Cardiff every time.

"We don't dwell on negatives, we don't dwell on the things we've done badly, we look at the things we've done well."

Fantastic position

England closed on 149-2, 156 runs ahead of Sri Lanka and, without setting a declaration target, Finn said he was confident England could work out a way to win:

"We've got the attack to test any team in the world and we've proved that in the last 12 months.

"The momentum shifted again today - the Sri Lankans could still be batting but we took seven wickets. We're in a fantastic position. We have belief we can win this game tomorrow.

"The management and the senior players, as they always have done, will devise a way to win this game tomorrow.

Finn's final wicket of the day, Prasanna Jayawardene caught at slip by Graeme Swann, was the 22-year-olds 50th Test wicket making him the youngest England player to reach that total - beating Ian Botham's record.

He added:"I knew I'd taken my 50th Test wicket today but I didn't know I was the youngest to do that. We're not really focussed on personal gain - we all want to contribute to the team.

"Stats like that are hugely satisfying to me personally though but it's not something I focus on."

Nominated nightwatchman

The 6'8" Middlesex seamer also admitted that, in the absence of injured bowler James Anderson, he was the nominated player to come in had a wicket fallen late on.

"I was the nightwatchman tonight - I had the pads on, the chest pad, two boxes - I was ready to do it." Finn said.

"Luckily I wasn't needed, the two guys out there did a great job.

"I love my batting though, it's something I've worked on really hard in the last few months. I'm confident, if I had been needed, I'd be sitting here as a not out batsman."

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