Steven Finn believes being sent home from England's tour of Australia at the start of the year has made him a lot stronger and motivated his return to the international side.
The fast bowler was unable to break into the side for both the Test and One Day formats. England's limited overs coach at the time, Ashley Giles determined Finn should return home prematurely, a decision which provoked a lot of criticism in the media.
In an exclusive interview with GiveMeSport, Finn admitted he was unable to perform at his best during the winter tour and needed to go back to Middlesex to recapture his form.
"At the time I probably couldn't have gone out and done myself justice," he said.
"To come back and have that written in the media was hurtful but it encouraged me and put a bit of fire in my belly to try and get back in that England team."
Finn corrected the technical aspects that were failing him in Australia and was restored to the international side at the end of the summer. Speaking ahead of next week's first ODI against Sri Lanka, Finn revealed he didn't know if he would bowl for England again.
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"At the beginning of the summer I wasn't sure if I was going to play for England again, especially not during those six months," he added.
"To have come through it and have got a few wickets for Middlesex, which then led to getting picked for England and feeling like I was bowling somewhere near my best again, it was a really valuable experience."
Finn is expected to lead the bowling attack in the seven match series against Sri Lanka, England are without James Anderson and Stuart Broad for this tour which gives the Middlesex bowler the perfect opportunity to stake a claim in the side ahead of next year's World Cup.