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Full name Liam Edward Plunkett
Born April 6, 1985, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire
Current age 29 years 164 days
Major teams England, Dolphins, Durham, Durham 2nd XI, Durham Cricket Board, England Lions, England Under-19s, Yorkshire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast
Height 6 ft 3 in
Education Nunthorpe Comprehensive
|Test debut||Pakistan v England at Lahore, Nov 29-Dec 3, 2005 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v India at Lord's, Jul 17-21, 2014 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Pakistan v England at Lahore, Dec 10, 2005 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v England at Perth, Feb 6, 2011 scorecard|
|Only T20I||England v Sri Lanka at Southampton, Jun 15, 2006 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Durham UCCE v Durham at Durham, May 9-11, 2003 scorecard|
|Last First-class||England v India at Lord's, Jul 17-21, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||2003|
|Last List A||Yorkshire v Unicorns at Leeds, Aug 13, 2013 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Derbyshire v Durham at Derby, Jun 23, 2003 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Yorkshire v Derbyshire at Leeds, May 30, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1/51, 55*, 3/65, 7*||England||v India||Lord's||17 Jul 2014||Test # 2130|
|1/88, 7, 2/85||England||v India||Nottingham||9 Jul 2014||Test # 2128|
|5/64, 2, 4/112, 0||England||v Sri Lanka||Leeds||20 Jun 2014||Test # 2126|
|39, 2/116, 2*, 0/39||England||v Sri Lanka||Lord's||12 Jun 2014||Test # 2124|
|25, 1/55, 4/42||Yorkshire||v Northants||Northampton||31 May 2014||FC|
|2/25||Yorkshire||v Derbyshire||Leeds||30 May 2014||T20|
|4/74, 12, 0/15||Yorkshire||v Lancashire||Leeds||25 May 2014||FC|
|36, 2/20||Yorkshire||v Northants||Leeds||16 May 2014||T20|
|86, 2/34, 2/12||Yorkshire||v Warwickshire||Leeds||11 May 2014||FC|
|0, 3/74, 0/18||Yorkshire||v Durham||Chester-le-Street||4 May 2014||FC|
Liam Plunkett's selection for England's tour of Pakistan and India in 2005-06 represented the culmination of a two-year rise to prominence. A bustling fast-medium seamer blessed with an ability to bowl an occasional unplayable ball and a powerful striker down the order, he briefly promised to have a lengthy international career only for issues with his control - and, in his final season at Durham in 2012, a loss of confidence in his action - to lower his sights.
A move south, to Yorkshire, revived him. Rather than slipping out of the game, Plunkett rediscovered his pace and enjoyment. He earned a recall to the England Lions side for a two-day match against Australia at Northampton in August 2013 and then a call-up for a tour of Sri Lanka the following year. Inclusion in the Test squad to play Sri Lanka a few months later suggested that his international prospects were healthier than ever.
Having made his first-class debut for Durham in 2003, Plunkett took on immediate responsibilities in the absence of Steve Harmison and the injured Mark Davies, and in 2005 took 50 wickets in a season for the first time. He made his Test debut in a thumping England defeat against Pakistan in Lahore, following the withdrawal of Simon Jones with an ankle injury, and announced himself as a capable allrounder with a composed half-century in only his second ODI against the same opposition.
He was selected for England's Ashes campaign in Australia in 2006-7 and for seven gruelling weeks he was the forgotten man of a dismal Test tour. But as England, against all predictions, regrouped to win the one-day series, he seized his opportunity to impress with 12 wickets in the one-day series, including 3 for 43 in the decisive second final against Australia. It was a performance that secured his World Cup passage, though he only played three games and lacked the incisiveness he had shown in Australia.
A lack of England engagements freed Plunkett up for his Durham duties, and in 2007 he played a role in their first domestic trophy triumph, in their sixteenth year of first-class status, taking three wickets as Durham won the rain-interrupted Friends Provident final by 125 runs at Lord's. A regular in England Lions squads, Plunkett spent a winter as the Dolphins' overseas player in South Africa in 2007-08 and shared in Durham's Championship success the following summer. Durham retained the title in 2009 and Plunkett was at the forefront of their success with 49 wickets in the season, including match figures of 9 for 149 in the innings win over Nottinghamshire that sealed the title.
Plunkett looked set for a second crack at international cricket when he was named in England's squad for their Test series against South Africa in 2009-10, but he was overtaken by the likes of Graham Onions, his Durham team mate, Stuart Broad and Ajmal Shahzad in the fast-bowling ranks and has had to be content with sporadic appearances since.
Subsequently, a combination of injuries and problems with his action saw Plunkett slip down the pecking order at Durham and after two lean seasons, amounting to three Championship appearances, he was told he could look for a new county. Yorkshire took the opportunity to offer him a three-year contract, enabling him to team up again with his former Durham coach, Martyn Moxon, the director of cricket at Headingley, and first-team coach Jason Gillespie, both of whom proved positive influences. He immediately showed signs of a resurgence, taking 36 wickets in 12 Championship matches. Yorkshire capped him and he added to a satisfying comeback by being named as their Fielder of the Year.
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