Steven Finn links India win to Pakistan defeat

Steven Finn

England pacer Steven Finn today said that the 0-3 Test-series whitewash at the hands of Pakistan earlier this year was an eye-opener that prompted the team to work harder to adapt to the sub-continental conditions.

Stating that he was not surprised by the way England dominated in two games after India defeated them in the first Test at Ahmedabad, Finn said, "We felt as a team it's been coming almost. Since we got beaten 0-3 in Dubai (by Pakistan), it was a massive eye-opener for us.

"Since then we have worked very hard on our games to be able to adapt to these conditions. And those are paying dividends in terms of results."

England are on the verge of taking a 2-1 lead in the four-match series after India were tottering at 239 for nine in their second innings, with just 32 runs ahead at the end of the fourth and penultimate day of the third Test here today.

But Finn insisted that the visitors would guard against complacency even if they win tomorrow.

"If we win tomorrow we will only be 2-1 up in the series, and going into the fourth Test it's important that we have no complacency, and keep working, keep looking to get better. The great point about this England side is that we are always looking to get better," he said.

Asked about the lessons learnt in Dubai, Finn explained: "Bowling straight was a big thing, being able to utilise the reverse swing, which I think we did well today and in the first innings as well. And when we were batting, being sensible.

"Taking calculated risks, keeping the game very simple, the most important thing is you keep it simple and not complicate it for yourself. We have had a very basic game plan when we came here and it's worked for us so far."

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