India in England 2014 August 3, 2014

Plunkett ruled out of fourth Test, Finn recalled

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Liam Plunkett, the England fast bowler, will miss the fourth Investec Test starting on Thursday with an ankle injury. Steven Finn replaces him in the squad for Old Trafford.

Rested from the third Test, Plunkett will now sit out the fourth with the hope of recovering in time to be in contention for the fifth and final Test at The Oval, starting on August 15.

"Liam Plunkett experienced some left ankle discomfort at the end of the second Investec Test and will miss the fourth Test as this continues to settle,'' the ECB said in a short statement on their website.

Plunkett sent down 94 overs in the opening two Tests of the India series, taking seven wickets at 41.28. He was replaced at the Ageas Bowl by Chris Jordan, who went wicketless.

Finn's recall marks a significant step in his return from a chronic loss of form that blighted his Ashes tour.

He was considered unselectable in Australia and has spent the months since back at Middlesex trying to become the bowler once touted as England's best young fast bowler.

He has not played a Test since July 2013 against Australia at Trent Bridge but has taken 90 wickets in 23 Tests at 29.40.

This season Finn has taken 44 wickets in 29.72 in Division One of the County Championship - the fourth-best haul in the competition.

His return to form had already been recognised by the ECB with his selection for England Lions' triangular one-day series with Sri Lanka A and New Zealand A. Finn's place in the Lions squad will be taken by Warwickshire seamer Boyd Rankin who also struggled on the Ashes tour but was selected for the final Test in Sydney, only to take 1 for 81.

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  • jmcilhinney on August 5, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    @Patchmaster on (August 4, 2014, 22:23 GMT), that would be great but I think the sun has set on Tremlett's international career. He had some serious back injuries and if he wasn't back up to par for the last Ashes then, given his age, I think that he's done his dash. It's a shame for someone to wait that long for a chance at international cricket, do so well and then be brought low by injuries after such a short period. He's not the first though, and he won't be the last. Many England fans were happy to make snide remarks about the durability of many of Australia's fast bowlers but plenty of England bowlers have had significant injury issues (Onions, Tremlett, Bresnan, Broad) and England probably don't have quite the same reserves as Australia.

  • android_user on August 5, 2014, 3:11 GMT

    @onepleaseumpire it's always Indian team as hunger tigers in overseas.. as arun bose rightly said it's just a confidence we got in our team and we believe in their resurgence in the next matches..just one of those days where eng found luck going their way in third test can't completely rate off Indian side..England must have overplayed their players with 5 match series succumbing to defeats big morale loser, then in series against sl ..so eng has its own loop hole playing long series..ashes white wash hardly go out of their mind.. this is just a analogy in ur way. India already applying themselves in this series, will not be a bother in 5 match series.. hope don't be too complacent at eng team and rule off india possibilities.. time will respond at its best!!!!

  • Patchmaster on August 4, 2014, 22:23 GMT

    If ENG can get Finn, and Tremlett back and bowling well, they have the making of a seriously good bowling attack. Tremlett, Finn, Anderson, Broad - wow - that would be amazing.

  • niazbhi on August 4, 2014, 19:05 GMT

    England will have to play Stokes and probably Woakes. England can consider Tremlett or Ryan Sidebottom, until Plunkett gets fit or Finn/Jordan gets better. If Ali bowls well, England will do well. They can keep Broad and Anderson fresh and have some threat in middle overs. Stokes can be the 4th bowler. Woakes can be a threat with the new ball. If Ali becomes a part time spinner, England will face all sorts of issues. If they do not get a wicket in the opening spell, they have to rest Anderson and Broad and india might build a big score.

  • wiiCricket on August 4, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    I have always regarded Finn highly. He has pace, bounce and advantage of height. He is a great talent but badly managed. I am glad he is back!

  • android_user on August 4, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    @Pavish RS- Yes, They will! No force on Earth or heaven could stop them from coming back out of the defeat of Southampton and win this series! I know it, You know it and in few days time the entire world will know it ...

  • liz1558 on August 4, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    @dunger.bob - a truce on the anniversary of the commencement of WWI! Agreed about pace - although, not sure why you left out Harris. Never a fan of Andy Flower's death by off stump medium pace tactics. England will need Finn if they are going to challenge Aus next year. MJ has got a point to prove in England - he clearly didn't like the crowd abuse, and England will want to mix it up. Australians seem to despise Jimmy Anderson, partly because he's good, and partly because he's not as good as English press make him out to be. It might be his last Ashes, so he will have something to prove as well. As long as everyone stays fit on both sides, it could be a cracking series.

  • USA_Desi_Cric_Fan on August 4, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    whew please play with five bowlers india time to have varun aaron, gautam gambhir and ashwain back into team in the 11. dhawan does not seem to be in form.

  • Englishmanabroad on August 4, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    I like Chris Jordan, however his performance in the 3rd test was pretty abysmal. If England were on a good winning streak, and full of confidence, I would probably say "keep him in!", but in the current situation where confidence is just (hopefully) starting an upswing, I would have to take him out. I wouldn't want anyone in the team who might be perceived as a "weak link".

    I think Finn would be the best replacement and would add some "possibility" to the team. It's true that he can be a bit wild, but based on his last performance, Jordan was no better, and Finn's extra speed and bounce might unsettle the Indian bats.

  • android_user on August 4, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    Indians will middle the right changes and strike back with a bang

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