Finn holds no animosity towards coaches

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Middlesex fast bowler Steve Finn is finding his way back to an action that feels comfortable, after suffering thought various changes that threatened to end his career last year.

Middlesex fast bowler Steve Finn is finding his way back to an action that feels comfortable, after suffering thought various changes that threatened to end his career last year.

Finn was sent home from the Ashes tour to Australia after losing so much form that he was deemed 'unselectable' and went back to his county to work on his action. Many felt that the tinkering done by England bowling coach David Saker was the reason for the slump.

Finn's run up was shortened at one point, and he lost all rhythm, and then they had to work on stopping his knee from hitting the stumps on his follow-through, which would now be called a no-ball as a result of so-called 'Finn's Law'.

But Finn has just tried to focus on Middlesex, taking a bunch of wickets in the first two months of the season, and is not looking to rush back to the England side, or blame anyone for his woes.

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.

"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."

He refused to lay blame at anyone else's feet though, adding: "What happened is my own responsibility. There is no one to blame other than myself and I have no animosity towards anyone.

"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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