Finn outbowls England team-mates on home debut
Although it is a risky business talking about bookmakers in conjunction with cricket at the moment, it would be no great surprise if one or two lengthened their odds about England retaining the Ashes following a very moderate day's work against Bangladesh on Friday.
But if there was a saving grace it came in the shape of Steven Finn, playing his first Test on home soil and providing the only wicket to fall to an England bowler as Bangladesh - at times nonchalantly, at times fortuitously - reached 172-2.
Prior to Thursday, the last time three Middlesex players had appeared in the same Test side was in 1998. Angus Fraser was one of them, and it is interesting to observe that Finn also possesses some of Fraser's attributes.
A 17-pace run-up - expect that to shorten in time - has Finn arriving at the crease with no great acceleration, and the position of the arms just before delivery is very reminiscent of Fraser, who coincidentally is his county coach.
Another bowler who did much of his best work in the 1990s, a certain Glenn McGrath, is also brought to mind. Finn would be pleased to hear that as he talks about the great Australian as his cricketing idol.
Finn only turned 21 in April and any fast bowler his age has a lot of maturing still to do. At 6ft 8in he is exceptionally tall, the same height as Joel Garner, but he certainly does not make the same use of that height as "Big Bird" once did.
He even has three inches on Steve Harmison, but given that Harmison at his peak (more than 90mph) is certainly quicker than Finn (about 86mph) the likelihood is that the new face in the England attack will not necessarily terrorise opposition batsmen with venomous deliveries.
There was quite a lot that did not go in Finn's favour when he bowled his first spell in a Test in England. Andrew Strauss had denied him both the new ball and his choice of ends, a fairly important factor given the issue of the Lord's slope.
His first four overs were thus delivered from the Nursery End in the run-up to tea, and by then Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes had got over any stage fright they may have had. All the same, Finn did beat the bat a few times, and that augured well for his longer second spell from his favoured Pavilion End.
After a terrific first over with the MCC members behind him - Junaid Siddique was beaten by one ball, edged the next over gully's head and then got an inside edge onto his pads - expectation was raised.
In his fourth over, Finn beat Imrul Kayes twice. Surely he would strike soon.
And then he did just that, finding an awkward shortish length, cramping Kayes for room, and forcing the left-hander to splice the ball up into the grateful hands of skipper Strauss at slip.
In all Finn got through eight overs in his spell, and frequently asked plenty of questions of the batsmen. One might even say he deserved more than one wicket.
What was beyond doubt was that he bowled much better than both Tim Bresnan and James Anderson.