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Finn credits England work ethic

8 December 2012 18:55

England seamer Steven Finn has paid tribute to the team's work ethic as they stand on the brink of taking a 2-1 series lead over India.

The tourists need just one more second-innings wicket, after reducing India to 239-9 on day four of the third Test at Eden Gardens, with the home side leading by only 32 runs.

The match looked as if it would end on Saturday, but a resilient 83 not out from R Ashwin means England will have to try and finish the job on the fifth and final day.

Finn said the team had worked hard to put themselves in a winning position and said their 3-0 series defeat to Pakistan in Dubai earlier this year had been the catalyst for their strong performances on this tour.

"We felt as a team it's been coming, we've worked very hard since we got beat 3-0 in Dubai, that was a massive eye opener for us," Finn said.

"Since then we have worked, we've been sat here saying we have been working very hard on our games to be able to adapt to these conditions over in the sub continent.

"It is now that it is starting to pay dividends in terms of results. But le'ts not be presumptuous yet, if we win tomorrow we are only going to be 2-1 up in the series.

"And it is important that we have no complacency and we keep working, and that is the great thing about this England side is that we are always looking to get better."

The fourth and final Test gets underway in Nagpur on Thursday.

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