Steven Finn says he's back to his 'natural' best as Middlesex quick pushes for England recall

  • Steven Finn was left out of the England squad for the West Indies tour 
  • The Middlesex quick bowler has regained form after a tough 12 months
  • Finn said he's back to bowling like he was as 'a carefree 21-year-old'
  • His last of 23 Test caps came for England back in 2013

By Lawrence Booth for MailOnline

Published: 19:02 GMT, 21 April 2015 | Updated: 19:02 GMT, 21 April 2015

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Steven Finn believes he has rediscovered the form that made him one of the most exciting fast-bowling prospects in England.

Finn was overlooked for the West Indies tour, but has spent time since the World Cup working on his run-up – and watching videos of his best spells as a reminder of why he became the youngest English bowler to take 50 Test wickets.

‘I’ve had my trials and tribulations over the last 12 months,’ he said. ‘But I feel everything at the crease is as I want it to be.

Steven Finn believes he's regained his previous best form and is ready to push for an England place

Steven Finn believes he's regained his previous best form and is ready to push for an England place

Finn admits he's 'had my trials and tribulations over the last 12 months' but he's got his 'head straight'

Finn admits he's 'had my trials and tribulations over the last 12 months' but he's got his 'head straight'

Finn smiles as he helps launch ECB's Club Open Days on Tuesday at Brondesbury Cricket Club

Finn smiles as he helps launch ECB's Club Open Days on Tuesday at Brondesbury Cricket Club

‘My running style is something I’ve had my issues with – kneeing the stumps and shortening my run-up, which is what c**ked me up, really. It’s about trying to get it back to being natural.

‘We’ve got footage that I use when I’ve been bowling at my best. When I was running up as a carefree 21-year-old, I just legged it into the crease. 

'It was natural, and I bowled quickly, consistently. My bowling’s looking pretty similar to that at the moment.’

Finn’s claims will be music to the selectors’ ears as they begin to fret about England’s fast-bowling stocks. 

Finn says he's been watching footage of when he was on the top of his form and is returning to that style 

Finn says he's been watching footage of when he was on the top of his form and is returning to that style 

Finn’s form return comes at a good time as England's fast bowling stocks are starting to worry selectors 

Finn’s form return comes at a good time as England's fast bowling stocks are starting to worry selectors 

The 26-year-old Finn has played only one Championship game for Middlesex this season, but insisted he felt ready to add to his 23 Test caps, the last of which he won back in 2013.

‘I don’t feel I’d have done myself a disservice had I been on the West Indies trip,’ he said. ‘In the World Cup, if you take out the wickets against Australia, I was taking proper wickets – lbw, bowled, caught behind.

‘Coming back to Middlesex and getting my head straight hasn’t been the worst thing. I’m gutted I’m not in the West Indies, but this is the next best thing.’

This summer more than 1000 cricket clubs will take part in Club Open Days, supported by Waitrose – register your club at ecb.co.uk/clubopendays

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