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Steven Finn vows to put World Twenty20 heartache to good use this summer

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England bowler Steven Finn has been told to use his World Twenty20 heartache as extra motivation to take wickets against Sri Lanka and Pakistan this summer.

Finn was ruled out of the tournament in March, when England reached the final, but later complained the decision on his calf and side injuries had been made too quickly.

The 27-year-old is remorseful now, admitting he spoke out of turn, but he also revealed how England coach Trevor Bayliss now wants him to channel that frustration to good use.

England take on Sri Lanka next Thursday at Headingley in the first of a three-match series, kicking off a busy summer that will continue against Pakistan in July.

"Trevor sent me an email and said to use the frustration as motivation to take wickets in the summer," Finn said.

"I think that was the perfect response to it because you can channel your frustration into the wrong avenues and it can affect you the wrong way.

"If it's used in the right manner it can be a positive thing as well.

"It wasn't as big an issue as it was made out to be. I missed the World Cup because I was injured, I was disappointed which got portrayed in that interview I suppose in a bit of the wrong words.

"I was wrong, I accepted that and spoke to the people affected and everything is fine now.

"I spoke to the medical people, selectors, people who made the decision. It's gone, it's been and done now."

Despite his absence, Finn is likely to retain his spot in the Test side next week as reward for his impressive showing in England's win over South Africa last winter.

Finn took six for 91 in the first Test in Durban and is confident he can find his best form again, with Nottinghamshire's Jake Ball, a newcomer to the squad, now breathing down his neck.

"I've bowled some good spells and some not great spells this summer," Finn said.

"These first few weeks it's been different getting back into competitive cricket having not played a competitive game since January.

"You have to get your head on again and get into the fight in a competitive game.

"It took a while to find my feet but there have certainly been spells this summer that make me believe I can have a good summer ahead."

A new points system may be introduced across the matches with Sri Lanka and Pakistan, awarding points for Tests, one-day internationals and Twenty20 games and giving an overall winner for all formats.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan described the idea as "nonsense" and an "over-complication" earlier this month but Finn is more positive.

"I think as long as it doesn't devalue each individual format I think it's a very good thing," Finn said.

"I don't think it does devalue it. I think anything that can galvanise people to be more interested across a whole summer is important because we are struggling with participation as a sport.

"This multi-format trophy will mean there are less dead games and hopefully more people interested, more crowd, more viewing figures. So it can only be a good thing."

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