Steven Finn is leading England's pace attack in the tour of Sri Lanka and claimed two wickets in the first warm-up game © Getty Images
Steven Finn is leading England’s pace attack in the tour of Sri Lanka and claimed two wickets in the first warm-up game © Getty Images

London: Nov 24, 2014

England paceman Steven Finn has revealed that the ‘unselectable’ tag he earned during last winter’s Ashes drubbing has spurred him on and motivated him to become selectable again.

Finn branded his one-time label as ‘unselectable’ as harsh but fair as he now leads the England attack in Sri Lanka.

The Middlesex bowler has climbed out of the dark hole he found himself in during last winter’s Ashes tour to be the most senior bowler on the current tour, The Mirror reported.

The coach at the time, Ashley Giles, described Finn, taker of 90 Test match wickets, as unselectable and sent him home early, that might have left him facing crossroads in his career.

However, instead of crumbling under the pressure, Finn has used the taunt to get back into the England fold and make himself ‘undroppable’ ahead of the World Cup.

Finn said that he believes it was fair enough, adding that ‘Unselectable’ is a harsh way to put it, harsh and frank, but admitted that if he is being honest he couldn’t have gone out there and done himself justice in an England shirt.

But he said that saying that has spurred him on and motivated him to become selectable again. He added that he was just in a bad place at the time, but admitted that he never doubted that he could come back from it.

In his first warm-up outing in Sri Lanka he picked up two wickets, including one beauty that reminded all of the Finn from early 2013, but he remains a little way off his very best, the report added.