England fast bowler Steven Finn believes the hosts have the slight advantage after taking four Australian wickets before the close of play on the first day of the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge Wednesday.
Finn is confident of whittling down the rest of the Australia batsmen, after England were bowled out for a paltry 215.
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"I think it's pretty even at the minute," the England fast bowler said. "We may have our noses ahead, but it is a very tight battle.
"To be bowled out for 215 after winning the toss was something we had hoped wouldn't happen. But we are in that position now and to have them four down was a good result in the end.
"The first hour tomorrow (Thursday) is going to be very important in the way we set the tone as bowlers and attack the Australians. A few wickets in that first hour will put us in front."
Finn opened the bowling in the absence of the injured Stuart Broad, and picked up two wickets in two balls as Australia finished the day on 75 for four.
"Having won the toss and batted first, we would have liked a few more runs on the board," he added. "But, with the nature of Ashes cricket, it was going to be eventful and we knew that.
"Even though we were bowled out how we were, having the 20 overs this evening helped our cause. Knowing the ball had moved around all day and that the Australians had kept the ball swinging worked to our advantage, especially with James Anderson in the team.
"We knew if we could keep it moving, if we came out and attacked off stump and brought the batsmen forward, we would get our rewards in the end. The wicket is quite good, there are no real demons in the wicket yet.
"The cloud cover and having the lights on towards the end of the day did assist the bowlers. We wanted to go out there and be as disciplined as we could."
Australia coach Darren Lehmann hailed the performance of Peter Siddle who picked up five wickets in the first innings.
"I think we needed that experienced head in the end," Lehmann said. "The younger guys probably got a bit over-excited with the new ball, they understand that. Peter stood up when it counted and led the attack as we expected and got some crucial wickets. I'm really pleased for him."