Finn looks to rediscover form
Steven Finn admits he is on a retrieval mission to rediscover his best form at the start of the Ashes.
Finn remains, marginally in the injury-enforced absence of Tim Bresnan, just about at the head of the queue as England's likeliest third seamer for the opening Test in Brisbane next week.
Once it was clear Bresnan's stress fracture of the back would prevent him playing a full part in the Ashes, England's selectors set out their stall by naming three 6ft 7in-plus bowlers in their squad to make the most of the expected bouncy pitches Down Under.
Finn has not bowled for England in a Test match since Alastair Cook took him out of the attack as Australia threatened an unlikely victory in last summer's Ashes opener at Trent Bridge.
But the 24-year-old may still edge the vote ahead of his fellow giants Chris Tremlett, such a success here three years ago but often beset by injury in the intervening time, and uncapped Ulsterman Boyd Rankin.
Finn did not shine in England's first tour match in Perth two weeks ago - none of the tall trio did, especially - when he recorded match figures of three for 176, and knows much better will be required if selected against an Australian Invitational XI at the SCG on Wednesday.
"Perth wasn't ideal for me; I didn't bowl particularly well. But I thought I got better as the game went on.
"I've had some good nets since then...it's just about transferring that into the middle."
Tremlett, rather than Finn, was included in last week's four-day fixture against Australia A - and there can be little between the two for the last bowling berth.
To win the race, Finn knows he needs to show his mettle again.
"It's no good being a net bowler that gets everyone out there, and then can't get a wicket in the game.
"It's not about using it all up in the nets. You want it all to happen out in the middle.
"Ideally, the middle is a combination of the work you do in the nets."