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‘Hard work paying dividends’

Calcutta: Steven Finn feels 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 subcontinent conditions.

“We felt, as a team, it’s been coming almost. Losing to Pakistan was a massive eye-opener for us. Since then, we have worked very hard on our game to be able to adapt to these conditions. And those are paying dividends in terms of results.”

Finn said a 2-1 lead in the series wouldn’t lead to complacency in the side. “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.

On what made the difference, Finn said: “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.”