Middlesex fast bowler Steve Finn has admitted that it can be frustrating when he is left out of the England side but he knows that if he continues to bowl well then he is certain he can force his way into Andy Flower's plans.
Finn has been unfortunate to not be considered a regular part of the England attack, but with James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Tim Bresnan performing so well, it is no easy task to dislodge the trio.
"Obviously you have to be in top form to stay in it and retain your place," stated Finn. "Obviously it's frustrating that I'm not quite in the team at the minute. It's something that I want to rectify and hopefully over the course of the summer I can push a claim for selection."
It is not just in the bowling department that there are competition for places, as Finn explains that there are plenty of youngsters hoping to stake their claim.
"We're blessed with some good talent at the moment, we're got some great young players like Johnny Bairstow who are able to come in and hold their own in test cricket, which is a great thing to have for English cricket.The more good young players we produce then the better stead the national team is going to be in."
Many of the younger players have been handed the opportunity to impress in the shorter format of the game, and with the decision of Kevin Pietersen to retire from 50 over and Twenty20 cricket, there will be opportunities for other players.
Finn believes there is come genuine talent coming through the county scene and he believes the younger players, including himself, will soon be pushing for selection.
"We're blessed with the young and talented players we have in our system, county cricket has helped that massively," added Finn. "Moving forward it is important that young players are able to step up to the plate and are able to do their thing on the international stage."
Finn was hoping to get the chance to get back in the England side after James Anderson was rested for the third Test against the West Indies but rain has meant that the first two days have been washed out.