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Steven Finn: 'I am on the road back to my best'

Last Updated: 31/05/14 2:30pm

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Steven Finn says it has been a long, arduous process since Australia to get his game back to where it was in 2012 and before.

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England seamer Steven Finn believes he is on the right track to recovering his best form, but will not rush himself back to the international fold.

The Middlesex paceman, 24, was the only member of England's 17-man Test squad not to get any playing time during the 5-0 Ashes whitewash in Australia.

Finn returned to England and was branded "unselectable", and Finn has revealed the depth to which his form and self-confidence had plummeted.

He told Sky Sports News: "I've been through a long, arduous process since I got back from Australia to try and get back somewhere near where I was before in 2012 and before that.

"I listened to some advice that I probably shouldn't have done somewhere along the way, and worked on things that weren't quite right for me and didn't suit me as a bowler.

"What got tangled up had a knock-on effect. The bad habits I got into were still there, so it took a lot of hours in the nets trying to unravel the bad work that I'd done.

Final pieces

"I had to take a step back and go to people that I trusted and know me very well and work from the beginning again.

"I feel like I'm getting there. The final pieces are not quite there yet, but it's going in the right direction and wickets for Middlesex obviously spur me on to keep going."

Finn outlined the steps he has taken to unravel his problems and rediscover the man who has taken 90 Test wickets in 23 matches for his country, but he blames no-one but himself.

"What happened is my own responsibility. There is no one to blame other than myself and I have no animosity towards anyone," Finn said.

"I'm gutted to have missed out on 12 months' international cricket but there's no pressure from myself to get back in the England team as soon as possible.

"I'm desperate to play every England game, that's my motivation, but I have to make sure I'm right ready for if I get that opportunity again and all I can concentrate at the moment is winning and taking wickets for Middlesex."

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