England’s fast bowler Steven Finn has been sent back to England because The Brits’ ODI and T20 coach Ashley Giles thinks that he needs time away from the game to work on “technical aspects”.
The Middlesex lad hasn’t played a single test since the first Investec Ashes test at Trent Bridge. The right-armer took 11 wickets in two matches but the economy rate of 4.50+ hammered any of his hopes of playing in The CB Ashes 2013-14.
Giles believed Finn could come back form the break a reinvigorated bower, and referenced the success a break had for Australia's Mitchell Johnson, who returned from time out of the Australian test squad to become the leading wicket-taker in the 5-0 drubbing England were handed.
“He’s worked incredibly hard. You can’t fault how he’s worked and sometimes you need to work smarter and that maybe involved taking him out of competitive cricket or a competitive environment," said Giles.
“But Mitch has done fantastically well. All credit to him. Steven Finn has similar capability - he’s shown that in the past - and, of course, with a T20 World Cup and a World Cup here next year, we need him back fully fit and firing.”
Finn also has been named in England’s 30-man provisional squad for the T20 WC 2014 to be played in Bangladesh and his selection will depend much upon how does he recover to come back firing again and of course he’ll be a key part of England’s line-up in the World Cup.
“It’s not that long ago that he was bowling I think close to his best,” Giles added. “So this time last year or even later than this we were in New Zealand and he was the spearhead of our one-day attack.
“He is really a key asset to us going forward. I look at it rather selfishly from a one-day and T20 perspective, but certainly as a Test bowler as well you’d almost call him in such a big business a million-pound asset.
“When you’ve got assets like that you’ve got to look after them and do what’s best for them, and at the moment that’s going home and sort himself out.”
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