Steven Finn goes back to basics to try for England recall
England bowler Steven Finn says he has gone back to basics to work on his technique after being sent home early from last winter's Ashes tour.
The 25-year-old struggled in Australia and came home without bowling a ball during the Ashes series.
The Middlesex player has impressed for his county this season but has yet to earn an England recall.
"It has been frustrating at times to feel like you are taking a step back to take two forward," he told BBC London.
"But every player goes through a period like that and this has been my instance of it."
Finn has not played Test cricket since the opening match of last year's home Ashes series against Australia at Trent Bridge in July.
He was also the only member of England's original 17-man Test squad not to feature in the 5-0 defeat in Australia during the winter.
Steven Finn facts
In 23 Tests, he has taken 90 wickets at an average of 29.40
He has played in 39 one-day internationals, claiming 59 wickets at 27.74 with an economy rate of 4.71
In Twenty20, he has 25 scalps at 19.48 and an economy rate of 7.16
Since returning from Australia, Finn has worked hard on his bowling action and claimed 23 wickets from his first three Championship matches.
He remains among Division One's leading wicket-takers with 40 victims from nine appearances.
"It is no good screaming and shouting from the hilltops if you can't actually produce performances on the pitch," he said.
"I pride myself on being able to perform and that is what I have been trying to get back to in the first half of the summer."
Since the start of the season, Finn has slipped back in England's pecking order with Sussex's Chris Jordan making his Test debut ahead of him during the recent home series defeat by Sri Lanka, while Yorkshire's Liam Plunkett returned to the Test team after a seven-year exile.
Yet with five Tests against India in just over six weeks, Finn may be given a chance to return if the workload on the current attack becomes too great.
"It is up to me to put in good performances in county cricket to even think about knocking on the door again - that is what I am trying to do," he added.