From the Ashes: Steven Finn’s rise, fall and rise once more

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From the Ashes is a series of features and podcasts which dig deeper into tales of pain, despair and sometimes triumph in cricket’s fiercest and most storied Test series.

Steven Finn knows more than most about the stellar highs and deep lows Ashes cricket can bring.

The pace bowler only played seven Ashes Tests but was involved in three series wins, one of them away from home. He went on two other tours of Australia: one that lasted just nine days and another that ended in the “public humiliation” – his words – of being sent home because he was “not selectable”.

Finn, now 34, was 21 when he was part of the England team that famously triumphed down under in 2010-11 – still the last occasion the Ashes was won by either side away from home.

It was the first time he had ever visited Australia, and put him alongside the likes of Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook, Kevin Pietersen, James Anderson and Graeme Swann in one of the greatest England teams ever sent from these shores.

Though England won…