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Steven Finn can evolve into a much better bowler, says Chris Adams

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Former England cricketer, Chris Adams says that Steven Finn’s (above) withdrawal from the ongoing Australian tour may turn out to be a blessing in disguise © Getty Images

Jan 15, 2014

The recent withdrawal of England pacer Steven Finn mid-way through the Australian tour, raised many eyebrows in cricketing circles. Yet, former English cricketer, Chris Adams feels that the break may come as a welcome respite for Finn, as he may evolve into a much better bowler.

Finn was recalled from the England squad that is currently playing Australia in an One-Day International (ODI) series and will play no further part on the tour.

Though, Finn has the record of being the youngest Englishman to take 50 Test wickets to his credit yet, he has been plagued by problems which have prompted him to make modifications in his bowling action, over the last year.

Adams, who was team director at county outfit Surrey said to Sky Sports, “I think it is a good move for him to leave the tour as the mental side of the game is not there,” Adams said of Finn, who has claimed 90 wickets in his 23 Tests to date at average of 29.40.

“He now needs to go back [to county cricket], take responsibility and rediscover the form that identified him as a fine young bowler and that that got him into the England team. He has had a great start to his England career and taken good wickets, but in the last six months it just hasn’t happened for him, with him having the awful issue of clipping the bails and having to remodel his action,” stated Adams.

“He has tinkered with his run-up by shortening it and then going back to the long one and he has got lost a little bit, so he must talk to the people he really trusts. I’m sure a break from the game will help Finn and I have no doubts that he will come back strong and become a permanent fixture in the England team,” concluded Adams.

Former Kent batsman David Fulton, who felt that Finn must introspect upon what kind of bowler he needs to be, said, “He has been away with England and worked with the bowling coach David Saker. When he returns to Middlesex he’s working with the likes of Richard Johnson and Angus Fraser.”

“Taking on all this advice from different people, sometimes you’ve just got to go out and decide your own path and listen to one voice. Sometimes that voice is your own voice. But if you’re a young fast bowler and you’re struggling a bit, sometimes you can take on a bit too much advice to filter and I think Ashley Giles has come in, has listened to a few people and said “You know what this lad needs? He needs a break.” And maybe Middlesex, the people he grew up with, are the people he needs to be working with,” said Fulton.

“I’m not saying they’re over-coached but sometimes what you need is to get a break, start again and go back to doing what you do best,” opined Fulton.

Apart from Finn, another ‘troubled’ England player, Kevin Pietersen, has been included in their 30-man provisional squad for ICC World T20 2014 to be held this year, despite talks of a rift between him and Team Director, Andy Flower, dominating the headlines.

“He is a world-class player who has been there, done it and experienced just about everything in world cricket,” said Adams, who had earlier worked with Pietersen during his Surrey days, and feels that he must be a part of all of England plans in the near future.

“So as long as he has the hunger and desire to continue pushing himself to play the best cricket he can, he should be in every England squad.I judge people on how I see them and he was excellent at Surrey at a time when there was lots of speculation about him as a personality,” added Adams.

“He got his head down and added value in the dressing room with his tremendous work ethic and was able to drag some youngsters with him into the training arena and showed them what it takes to be a world-class player. England are better with him,” said Adams.

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