Steve Harmison hopes his first sustained spell of the summer will provoke a return to his best in England's npower Test series against Pakistan.
The Durham fast bowler has always thrived on bowling plenty of overs to get himself into the groove and often struggles after a long period of rest.
That has been underlined this summer with the shin problems which ruled him out of the final Test match and one-day series in India also restricting his start to the season, sidelining him for the drawn home Test series with Sri Lanka.
A rusty-looking Harmison went into the one-day competition against the tourists with only 32 first class overs for Durham - the fast bowler conceded 286 runs in his 50
overs during the 5-0 whitewash.
But the Ashington paceman is convinced he will improve the more he bowls during the four-Test series against Pakistan, which starts at Lord's tomorrow.
"I didn't bowl as well as I could do," said the 27-year-old, who conceded 97 runs from his ten overs in the final humiliating defeat by Sri Lanka at Headingley.
"Everyone saw glimpses of it but I wasn't consistent in anything; line, length or spells. I hold my hands up - I didn't perform.
"I felt a bit rusty but I'm not going to make excuses about it, just as I hope no one makes any excuses about the injuries we've got.
"Hopefully the Test matches will be different - I'll run in and bowl like I can do and the more I bowl I'd like to think the better I'll get."
Harmison's influence during the Sri Lankan Test series was unquestionably missed and he will have to shoulder even more responsibility for tomorrow's opener in the absence of Andrew Flintoff (ankle), Simon Jones (knee) and James Anderson (back).
With Matthew Hoggard still struggling with a badly gashed right hand, Harmison may be the only member of England's attack to survive from last summer's Ashes triumph when a four-strong seam attack was the envy of the world.
Even Harmison will go into the Test under-cooked, but he said: "I've got through the one-dayers and I've bowled 50 overs during them so I'm going into this Test feeling strong.
"I'm someone who likes to bowl. During the one-dayers I didn't feel in great rhythm and I didn't feel that I had the run-up that I have day-in and day-out.
"But I've bowled a fair bit this week and I've had a few extra sessions with Paul Collingwood and I feel in quite good nick."
Unlike coach Duncan Fletcher, who never tires of blaming injuries for England's recent results, Harmison believes it is time they stopped making excuses.
Including the final Test against Sri Lanka and the Twenty20 international against them, England have lost seven successive matches.
Hoggard, wearing a bandage over his wound, had a light training session at Lord's yesterday and was due to return to the nearby Wellington Hospital for treatment by a hand therapist and further sessions in an oxygen chamber. England are hopeful he may have recovered sufficiently to bowl in the nets for the first time today since fellow Yorkshire seamer Tim Bresnan accidentally spiked his hand playing touch rugby.