Finn positive despite gruelling day in Cape Town


Steven Finn is upbeat about England's chances of winning the second Test against South Africa despite the tourists only taking one wicket on day three in Cape Town.

South Africa scored 212-1 on Monday, with Hashim Amla (157 not out) at the heart of their dogged display as he made his way to a seventh Test 150.

Chances were at a premium for the visitors and when they did come the bowlers were not backed up by their fielders - both Amla and AB de Villiers (88) being put down at Newlands.

Finn - who finished the day with 1-82 - claimed the only scalp as he had De Villiers caught at mid-wicket, and he believes his team can have more success on Tuesday if they maintain pressure on the Proteas, who are 353-3 following England's 629-6 declared.

"I thought we never let them really get away from us," he told Sky Sports. "We created pressure and those little chances, unfortunately we didn't take them.

"It's been a long hard slog but everyone's put a lot of effort into it, so I can't fault the way we played at all.

"As a bowler you need to try and mix it up as much as you can [when the pitch is not responsive]. You have to change your pace, change your length and play with field changes and we did that really well today, we just didn't get the rewards.

"We are still 276 runs ahead, so we have to build pressure. We have got a very upbeat dressing room, and we hope to try and force something tomorrow."

Nick Compton and James Anderson both failed to take catches during the day, but Finn refused to put any blame on either man, claiming that picking out the ball has been difficult at Newlands.

"It is very difficult to see [the ball]. Even one that dropped short of me at mid-off I didn't pick up until it was halfway towards me. 

"Sometimes people drop catches, and that just happens in cricket. We have been excellent at taking catches so far this series, hopefully tomorrow we can take those catches."

England lead the four-match series 1-0 after winning the opening Test at Kingsmead last month.