‘I think everyone is disappointed and gutted we’ve failed to retain the Ashes’, says Steven Finn

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“It’s been very frustrating”

England pace bowler Steven Finn has announced that the entire team is “disappointed and gutted” after having lost the Ashes for the first time in five years.

Finn was also at a loss of words to explain how England had gone from winning their last series 3-0 to losing the Ashes within the first three Tests of the current series.

“I think everyone is disappointed and gutted we’ve failed to retain the Ashes,” Finn said. “That’s what we wanted to do when we came here.

“Everyone wanted to do that, but it hasn’t happened for us.”

Finn is also frustrated at not having been allowed to play a single Test match in this series due to his poor bowling.

“It’s been very frustrating,” Finn said. “It’s quite obvious that the bowling hasn’t quite gone as I would have liked it to. I’ve been working as hard as I possibly can and bowling as many overs as I possibly can in practice in the nets, trying to get it right.

“But it hasn’t happened yet.”

The lanky pace bowler has also been working on breaking his habit of hitting the stumps with his knee.

“I feel I’m moving in the right direction and I feel I’m getting there,” he said. “But it hasn’t been right up to this point, and that’s why I haven’t played.”

With England already having lost the Ashes, Finn believes the team need to regain some pride by beating Australia in the last two Test matches.

“We’ve had a few days to clear the air and clear ourselves of as much baggage as we can – and we go into these next two Tests trying to win them and make it 3-2 in the series,” he said. “We’re playing at two of the best stadiums in the world.

“There will be 100,000 at the MCG on Boxing Day, and then the SCG is one of the most historic grounds in the world.

“I don’t think it should be too hard for people to motivate themselves.

“These are still Ashes Tests, too. The series has gone, but there’s a lot of pride at stake.”

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