Boyd Rankin enjoyed his return to Warwickshire’s team this week, fit again and happy to be back in action with the Bears.
But the fast bowler admits he found the going tough, mentally and physically, after his nightmare Test debut for England in the final Ashes match in Sydney last winter.
And Rankin admits that following his return from Australia he did briefly question whether he wanted to stay in professional cricket.
The 29-year-old endured a torrid time on his Test bow.
He was pitched into an unhappy, fragmented, floundering team which had already been humiliated and was hurtling towards a whitewash defeat.
As if that wasn’t tough enough, Rankin had his own injury problems which meant he was unable to do himself anything like justice when the chance for which he had so long worked and craved finally arrived.
“There were a few days when I first came back from Australia that I was thinking ‘should I be still playing cricket’?” Rankin said.
“There were quite a few questions asked but you do a lot of thinking when you have a bit of down time and you have to try and learn from things that haven’t gone well.
“It was quite a tough period but I want to come back stronger from it. I think I have learned quite a lot from that experience and it has made me a stronger person.
“It’s nice to be back now and enjoying playing cricket with the Bears. They are a great bunch of lads here and I’m enjoying the whole thing again. I feel as if I am getting back to where I want to be.
“I’m trying not to look too far ahead. It’s important to just get back to enjoying cricket and trying to do well for the Bears.”