England’s Eoin Morgan believes Steven Finn has overcome the troubles that saw him sent home from last year’s Ashes tour and is confident he can make a huge impact at the World Cup.
Ahead of England’s first ODI against Sri Lanka on Wednesday, in an exclusive interview with GiveMeSport, Morgan has revealed the close friendship he has with teammate Finn.
The fast bowler was out of form in Australia and couldn’t break into the team. He was subsequently sent home early from the tour by England’s one-day coach at the time Ashley Giles. Morgan has admitted it was a very tough period for Finn.
“I’m terribly proud of the curve he has gone through in the last six/seven months. I know it was a very difficult time for him personally and professionally."
“They are always huge tests when you get left out of the side or dropped or having gone through what he’s gone through, it’s always a case of starting again and rebuild and they can be huge turning points in your career.”
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Finn was the only member of the Test squad not to feature in the disastrous Ashes series and returned to Middlesex to spend time working on some of the technical parts of his bowling action.
After regaining some form he was back in the international squad by the end of the summer. Morgan praises Finn’s rapid return and believes his friend can be a ‘world-beater.’
“The fact he has come back to the international scene so soon is a huge test to the person he is and the character he is.
“To have him back bowling the way he does at his best in an England side is very good for English cricket, he has huge world-beating attributes.”
England go into the first ODI of the seven-match series slightly unprepared as their second warm-up match of the tour was washed out on Sunday.
Finn took two wickets in the opening warm up game but Morgan did not get the opportunity to bat in the 56-run win over Sri Lanka A.