England's Steven Finn relishes final day in Lord's Test

Steven Finn
Finn is the youngest England bowler to reach 50 Test wickets

England bowler Steven Finn warned Sri Lanka's batsmen they could face another torrid examination on the final day of the Lord's Test on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka were bowled out for 82 as England snatched an unlikely win after rain interruptions at Cardiff.

And Finn, with 4-108 on his return to England duty, said it could be a similar situation in London.

"We've been high quality for the last 12 months - we're hard work for anyone," he told BBC Radio 5 live.

Finn was the most successful bowler as England established a narrow first-innings lead by bowling out their opponents for 479, and in the process overtook Sir Ian Botham as the youngest Englishman to reach 50 Test wickets for his country.

The 22-year-old added: "We put the ball in the right area. We let the ball do the talking, we put pressure on the Sri Lankans, which is what the guys did in the Cardiff Test.

"We can't expect to bowl teams out for 80 or roll teams like we did in Melbourne [against Australia during the Ashes] but we do work well together and gel nicely when we get it right."

England reached 149-2 at stumps on Monday and will have an extended final day to press home their 156-run lead - possibly declaring at lunch or early in the afternoon session.

Finn said: "We are not looking too far beyond the first hour on Tuesday. There's still a heck of a lot of time left and we will see how it works out."

On surpassing Botham's mark, he added: "I knew I'd taken 50 wickets but didn't have a clue I was the youngest to do it.

"But that's not something we're very focused on. We're focused on winning games of cricket, and performing as a unit and as a team.

"No one is really interested in their own personal gain; obviously [they are interested] in their own personal performance, taking pride in that and contributing to the team.

"Accolades or stats like that are hugely satisfying, but not something I focus on."

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