Steven Finn is not looking ahead to The Ashes and knows only performing well in county cricket will earn him a place in the England Test side.
Finn did not feature in England's series defeat to India and last appeared for his country in the five-day format in Bangladesh in October.
The seamer looks to have fallen behind Jake Ball in the pecking order ahead of a season that will see England take on South Africa and West Indies in Test series before the Ashes, which starts in November in Brisbane.
But Finn said of his Ashes hopes: "If I look too far ahead it's a bad thing so Australia isn't on my radar. If I start well with Middlesex then we have a County Championship to retain.
"Bowling well for Middlesex is what's going to get me in the England picture, nothing else.
"If you think about it, I played in the last England ODI and was on the last Test tour. Of course I am very much hoping to be in the England mix.
"This early part of the summer is a big challenge for me to show that I can do it and keep doing it regularly so I am looking forward to getting out there with Middlesex."