Finn says England desperate for urn return

Paceman Steven Finn has warned Australia that England have a “burning desire” to win back the Ashes.

The old enemies will lock horns again in the opening Test starting Wednesday in Cardiff, the teams’ first Test meeting since England were humbled 5-0 Down Under 18 months ago.

The Aussies are favourites despite not having won a series in England since 2001 but England have found some momentum following the recent thrilling Tests and one-dayers against New Zealand.

“We are desperate to win back those Ashes. We hate the fact that we lost them in Australia, it’s something we want to put right,” Finn said.

“They’ve got the form going into it after the last series. But we are playing in completely different conditions and you need some different skills to win a series in England.

“We have guys who play here every summer, they come here once every four years. Our own conditions and our own crowds will help us.”

Finn is unlikely to be involved in Wales, with Mark Wood expected to take the third seamer’s spot behind James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

“All I can do is look after my own game, make sure I am in good rhythm and keep doing everything I can so that if I do get the opportunity to play, I can do myself justice and help England win a game of cricket,” Finn said.

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