Steven Finn backed to rediscover his form by county colleague James Harris
Last Updated: 15/01/14 7:40pm
Steven Finn: England seamer returned home early from Australia tour
Steven Finn's Middlesex team-mate James Harris believes the out-of-sorts fast bowler can follow Mitchell Johnson's example and revive his career.
Finn has been sent home from England's tour of Australia midway through the one-day series in order to "continue working on technical aspects of his game".
He was not selected for any of the Ashes Tests - a series England lost 5-0 - and was again left out for the opening ODI at the MCG.
Finn's fortunes were in stark contrast to Australia's Johnson, who did not even make the Test squad in England earlier in the year due to poor form but justified his recall back on home soil with 37 wickets in the series.
Harris told Sky Sports News: "I've spoken to Steve and know he's had a good chat with Mitchell Johnson about exactly what Mitch went through and how he came out the other side.
"Steven will look to do the same. I think he'll look to have a little break from cricket and bowling and thinking about things too much - which you can easily do at times - and he'll come back a much better cricketer for this experience."
Harris, who will tour Sri Lanka in February with the second-string England Lions, believes his county colleague will benefit from getting away from cricket for a while.
"He'll be disappointed but, speaking from experience, there is nothing worse than when you're trying hard to find something and it's not quite there," Harris said.
"There are times when you need to have a little break from cricket, get away from it and then re-visit it at another time.
"We've seen already Steven's class in the international games he's played over the past few years and know how good he can be."
Seam bowler Harris is looking to press his own claims for a full England call-up during his time with the Lions.
The 23-year-old Welshman's career has stalled in recent years due to fitness problems but he is now feeling good.
He said: "The last couple of summers I've had a few injuries so, from a personal point of view, I'm really excited to be on this trip.
"I'm looking forward to getting out there and bowling well - that's the plan - and then take that form into next summer, put a marker down and try and force my way into the (England) team.
"We've got (England coach) Andy Flower, (batting coach) Graham Gooch and (chief selector) James Whitaker coming out at different points on the trip and they'll be able to see first hand what I can do."