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England pace bowler Steven Finn has announced that he is keen to impress during the upcoming seven-match ODI series against Sri Lanka.
Finn has not played a lot of international cricket over the last 12 months since he has been struggling to take wickets and be consistent.
However, after dismissing both openers in the first warm-up match against Sri Lanka A, Finn feels he is ready to cement his place in England’s ODI squad ahead of the World Cup.
“It’s been tricky, but I suppose an encouraging end to the last year,” Finn said. “There were some tough times in there, but everyone goes through tough times in their career. The most important thing now is that I don’t dwell on the past and look forward to the future.
“I’ve been through it. I’ve experienced things that I wish maybe I didn’t experience at the beginning of my career. But it happens.
“You certainly learn more about your game when you’re low. When you’re high, you ride the crest of a wave. It’s been a very worthwhile experience.
With James Anderson and Stuart Broad having been ruled out of the series, Finn knows that he is the most experienced bowler in the England line-up at the moment.
However, experience alone will not be enough to get him selected for the ODI tri-series against Australia and India and the World Cup.
“In terms of games played, I am (the most experienced here) – but I haven’t played as much as the other guys over the last 12 months,” he said. “I suppose I’m down the pecking order a little bit but it’s up to me to try to change that a little bit.
“I was given the new ball in this warm-up game and that’s really a chance for me to maybe make a statement and a point to be in that World Cup squad.”