England see Steven Finn as a "frightening prospect" for any opposition when he is at his best.

The Watford-born fast bowler has been far from that for much of the summer - but after his two important second-innings wickets as he and Chris Woakes dismantled Pakistan's middle-order resistance at Edgbaston, the indications are much more reassuring.

James Anderson certainly senses as much, as England prepare for the fourth and final Investec Test at The Oval in search of a 3-1 series victory which could put them back on top of the world rankings.

England, who are set to name an unchanged side, have had to be patient with Finn of late, and Anderson expects his pace-bowling colleague to return the faith.

"We rally around each other," said England's all-time leading wicket-taker.

"There is plenty of love for Steven - he is a well-liked member of the team.

"He is a fantastic bowler at the top of his game.

"He is a frightening prospect for any opposition when on form."

Finn has made only a start, but is due some luck too after a series of dropped catches left him wicketless in the first innings in Birmingham and in the first-Test defeat at Lord's.

In between, he had to make way for the returns of both Anderson and all-rounder Ben Stokes - before the latter again succumbed to injury.

"For him to be back near his best was great," added Anderson.

"He's not had much luck in this series so far - so for him to get a couple of wickets was brilliant.

"It is his job to get wickets.

"He had gone a decent period without one, and there was extra relief for him."