England bowler Kabir Ali has admitted his confidence was at "an all-time low" after his battering from Sri Lanka's batsmen.
The Worcestershire fastbowler, who conceded 72 runs in six overs in Saturday's final one-day international, described how the onslaught left him reeling.
"For the first time in my career, I didn't know what to do or where I should bowl," he said. "I didn't think I bowled that badly, but Sanath Jayasuriya [who scored 152 off 99 balls in an opening stand of 286 with Upul Tharanga] is a brilliant batsman and once he gets going, he's very hard to contain.
"I don't think I'm out of contention with England. Hopefully, I've shown in previous games that I can do good things with bat and ball and it's not as if I'm the only bowler who suffered.
"I've been in and out of the England side a bit, too. I don't want to make any excuses, but I do feel I would benefit from a run of games in the side. At the moment, I feel I'm under pressure to perform all the time and that if I don't, I'm out. Any player will tell you it's hard to play at your best in that situation.
"It's great to be back at Worcester. Our form in the Twenty20 Cup has been disappointing, so we're playing for pride now but bowling against Northants [on Monday night] helped restore some of my confidence and I think the intensity of Twenty20 cricket will make me an improved one-day bowler for England, too."
Kabir was talking ahead of the two Twenty20 derby games between Worcestershire and Warwickshire over the next few days; not that there was any need to publicise the games. Only 300 tickets remain for the match at New Road next Tuesday, while there is every chance that the game at Edgbaston on Friday night will also be a sell-out.
Due to temporary restrictions, Edgbaston's capacity will be just over 17,000 so, with 10,000 tickets now presold and several thousand members also expected, there is a real chance that no tickets will be available on the night. Spectators wishing to attend should call 0870 062 1902 for details.
Such a response is encouraging and Warwickshire's Jonathan Trott believes a successful Twenty20 campaign could well kick-start the side's season.
"We know the derby games mean a lot to the supporters," he said. "Worcestershire won both games last year and we need to make sure we correct that this time.
"It may seem obvious, but winning is so important. We have lacked belief as a team and just need to be a bit more hard-nosed. A couple of wins will see us back to our best."
Though Trott is still experiencing some pain in his back, he is hoping to bowl again before the end of the season.
First, however, Warwickshire must contend with topofthe-table Glamorgan in a televised tea-time tussle at Sophia Gardens tonight. Although Warwickshire might be able to afford one more loss and still qualify for the last eight, they will need to win all their remaining games to ensure a home tie in the quarter-finals. That's as significant to club finances as it is for cricketing reasons.
After his influential performance at Taunton, Warwickshire appealed, without success, to allow Alex Loudon to be released to play tonight. His absence again leaves the side without a specialist spinner.
South African left-arm spinner Paul Harris has yet to decide whether he wishes to join the club, though they are hoping to conclude the matter today. If work permit problems can be resolved, he may play on Friday.