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England fear Jimmy Anderson absence in Fourth Test

England are on the brink of a 2-1 Ashes lead at Edgbaston, but already appear to be bracing themselves for James Anderson's absence from next week's fourth Test.

Anderson is struggling with a 'tight side'. Credit: Reuters

Anderson had to leave the field mid-over on day two in Birmingham, wincing in pain with an injury England later described as a "tight side".

Steven Finn had much to do with England's surge towards a mid-series advantage, taking five for 45 to push his match tally up to seven wickets in his comeback Test after two years out of the team.

But even as he reflected on that heartening success so far, Finn admitted concerns that Anderson - who took six first-innings wickets here - may not be fit to take part on his happiest hunting ground of all in Nottingham next week.

He said:

For Jimmy to walk off halfway through an over, it can't be too good. But who knows - with some magical medical healing and some rehab, you never know.

Jimmy loves bowling at Trent Bridge - everyone knows that. If he was to miss it, it would be a big loss - but we don't know yet.

– Steven Finn

Finn bowls England to verge of victory over Australia

Deemed "not selectable" at the peak of his problems 18 months ago, Steven Finn bowled England to the verge of a resounding victory, and 2-1 Ashes lead, at Edgbaston.

Finn, back for his first Test in two years after much-chronicled technical problems, took five for 45 as Australia stumbled to 168 for seven by stumps on day two - a lead of only 23, despite opener David Warner's defiant 77.

England's Steven Finn (right) and Stuart Broad (centre). Credit: PA

He took two wickets in two balls here as England produced an outstanding turnaround after their embarrassing 405-run defeat at Lord's.

It should now merely be a matter of time - and not much of it at that - before they complete the win on the third morning of this third Investec Test.

England pick up two wickets before tea

Stuart Broad got Chris Rogers. Credit: Reuters

Stuart Broad and Steven Finn picked up a wicket each to leave Australia on 73-2, 72 runs behind.

Nottinghamshire seamer Broad removed Chris Rogers, with Finn seeing Steve Smith sky one to Jo Buttler behind the stumps.

David Warner scored a half-century off just 35 balls, matching the Ashes record.

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