Chris Adams: Steven Finn will benefit from leaving England tour

Last Updated: 15/01/14 5:34pm

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Steven Finn: Returning home from England tour

Steven Finn: Returning home from England tour

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Chris Adams thinks Steven Finn will benefit from leaving England's tour of Australia and come back to international cricket a better bowler.

The Middlesex paceman failed to make an appearance during the Ashes whitewash Down Under and will now play no part in the one-day portion of the trip after returning home to work on technical issues.

Finn became the youngest Englishman to take 50 Test wickets but has been beset by problems over the last year, including altering his run-up and regularly clipping the bails whilst approaching the crease.

"He now needs to go back [to county cricket], take responsibility and rediscover the form that identified him as a fine young bowler and that that got him into the England team."
Chris Adams

However, former Surrey team director Adams told Sky Sports News that he feels a respite from the international set-up will help clear Finn's mind and is backing the 24-year-old to become a staple of the England side in future.

"I think it is a good move for him to leave the tour as the mental side of the game is not there," Adams said of Finn, who has claimed 90 wickets in his 23 Tests to date at average of 29.40.

"He now needs to go back [to county cricket], take responsibility and rediscover the form that identified him as a fine young bowler and that that got him into the England team.

"He has had a great start to his England career and taken good wickets, but in the last six months it just hasn't happened for him, with him having the awful issue of clipping the bails and having to remodel his action.

"He has tinkered with his run-up by shortening it and then going back to the long one and he has got lost a little bit, so he must talk to the people he really trusts.


"I'm sure a break from the game will help Finn and I have no doubts that he will come back strong and become a permanent fixture in the England team."

Sky Sports' David Fulton says Finn needs to rethink - himself - what kind of bowler he wants to be. "He has been away with England and worked with the bowling coach David Saker. When he returns to Middlesex he's working with the likes of Richard Johnson and Angus Fraser.

"Taking on all this advice from different people, sometimes you've just got to go out and decide your own path and listen to one voice. Sometimes that voice is your own voice.

"But if you're a young fast bowler and you're struggling a bit, sometimes you can take on a bit too much advice to filter and I think Ashley Giles has come in, has listened to a few people and said "You know what this lad needs? He needs a break." And maybe Middlesex, the people he grew up with, are the people he needs to be working with.

"I'm not saying they're over-coached but sometimes what you need is to get a break, start again and go back to doing what you do best."

Kevin Pietersen, meanwhile, has been named in England's provisional 30-man squad for the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh this spring, despite rumours persisting of a clash between him and Team Director Andy Flower.

And Adams, who worked with Pietersen during his stint at Surrey, believes the 33-year-old should be included in all England parties for the foreseeable future, provided he still has the craving to represent his country.

"He is a world-class player who has been there, done it and experienced just about everything in world cricket," Adams added of Pietersen, who was England's top run scorer - 294 over the course of five Tests - during the Ashes.

"So as long as he has the hunger and desire to continue pushing himself to play the best cricket he can, he should be in every England squad.

"I judge people on how I see them and he was excellent at Surrey at a time when there was lots of speculation about him as a personality.

"He got his head down and added value in the dressing room with his tremendous work ethic and was able to drag some youngsters with him into the training arena and show them what it takes to be a world-class player.

"England are better with him."

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