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A reality check

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Today we visited Future Hope School, which looks after around 200 children who would otherwise be living on the streets in Kolkata.

After feeling really disappointed after losing 5-0 to India, it was a reality check to spend time with these under-privileged kids. It gave me a sense of perspective.

We played cricket, football and hockey with the kids who have been given a chance in life by this wonderful school.

Looking back at our one-day series defeat, it is clear that we underperformed as a team. Everyone one of us has played below their ability and you won't win many games when that happens.

To win matches in 50-over cricket you need a few players to perform at the same time - that's something which hasn't happened this tour.

It wasn't just the scoreline that was disappointing but the manner in which we lost the matches. We need to improve and that starts with the Twenty20 on Saturday.

We are ranked the number one Twenty20 side in the world so this is our chance to live up to that billing.

I want to be an England regular in all formats, so if I get picked on Saturday then it's another chance for me to show what I can do. Plus there is the Twenty20 World Cup next year which I want to be a part of.

I like Twenty20 cricket. I have always enjoyed the games I have played for Middlesex and the one I played for England last month.

Personally, I think I have bowled quite well in India but it's not like I have set the world alight. I have not taken the big hauls that I would have wanted or bowled us to a victory.

Hopefully that will change if I am selected for Saturday.

Steven Finn

After the disappointment of losing 5-0, we were given a reality check at Future Hope School