Confidence and skill have been two key qualities missing from England's winter, but two sufferers of the Ashes tour have rediscovered some sort of form.
Just like James Anderson on Sunday, Steven Finn was the brightest bowler in his county's away fixture.
The gangly 6ft 7in fast bowler took 6-80 from 21 overs, proving he still is a dangerous strike-bowler.
Reverting to using his full run-up, Finn avoided knocking into the stumps and being penalised for a no-ball in from his 126 deliveries.
Some turnaround. Middlesex's key player lost his rhythm bowling this way in Australia and was not used in any of the Ashes Tests abroad.
His shortened run had some success in the limited-overs series before the 2013 Champions Trophy, but it was obvious David Saker's plan would take some getting used to.
A new season could result in a much more rewarding one for Middlesex and England, if Finn can repeat his excellent start to the County Championship.
Without looking too far ahead because of the ever-changing form and fitness of modern bowlers, Finn is competing with two or three others for England's third seamer position.
Graham Onions is a superb bowler in English conditions, whereas Tim Bresnan and Chris Jordan were preferred to the 'Watford Wall' for the disappointing World T20.
But he has responded in the right way.
Taking the wicket of national team-mate Matt Prior (125) will also boost Finn's growing confidence.
The only negative aspect for Finn is Middlesex are facing a battle in saving their Championship opener.
On the other hand, the Hertfordshire-born giant is likely to be on the winning side for his county soon if he continues as he started.
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