World T20 2016 February 26, 2016

Plunkett replaces injured Finn

ESPNcricinfo staff

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Injured Finn replaced by Plunkett

Steven Finn has been ruled out of the World T20 in India with a calf strain with Liam Plunkett named as his replacement.

It is the latest blow for Finn who has suffered an injury-hit period. He was forced out of the tour of the UAE before Christmas with a stress injury to his left foot and left the tour of South Africa early with a side strain he picked up during the third Test in Johannesburg.

"He was just warming up for a bowl a couple of days ago and felt his calf go ping," Angus Fraser, Middlesex's director of cricket, told ESPNcricinfo. "He had the scan today and unfortunately we can't take him. I've just spoken to him and he's pretty low at the moment."

In between his injuries, Finn has developed into an automatic pick for England in all three formats, and the absence of his hostile method of attack on India's wickets will be a major dent to England's hopes of progressing deep into the tournament.

He has endured a bittersweet period in the past six months, having fought back from being deemed "unselectable" during the 2013-14 Ashes to claim eight wickets on his return to Test cricket last summer. Against Australia at Edgbaston last July, he claimed a second-innings haul of 6 for 79 in his first outing for two years.

"Really disappointed to have picked up another injury on my road to recovery," Finn tweeted. "Gutted doesn't describe it. Good luck to the guys out there!"

Plunkett was considered unlucky not to make the original 15-man squad, having impressed in the T20 series against Pakistan in the UAE. He claimed three wickets in each of his two appearances in England's 3-0 series win, including a decisive haul of 3 for 33 in a three-run win in the second match at Dubai.

Plunkett will now form England's pace options for the tournament alongside David Willey, Reece Topley, Chris Jordan and Ben Stokes.

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  • Fawad on February 29, 2016, 9:34 GMT

    Oh man! As a fan of Finn this is a huge disappointment! :(

  • Devinderpal Singh on February 29, 2016, 2:57 GMT

    @xylo: It's interesting you speak of England's chances. Eng's chances of progressing are almost as good as it can be. Firstly, the 5th participant is not going to be the tougher of the 2 likely qualifiers (Bangladesh and Zimbabwe), so with Zim in the group, Eng should win that match. Secondly, Eng will only face 1 Asian team, and Sri Lanka are not looking very good right now, though things can still click in time for them. Therefore, spin SHOULD be less of a factor than it should be for Eng to face, and equally, Ali and Rashid SHOULD be more effective. Assuming SL don't click, it's then down to 3 teams to qualify. I personally don't see the West Indies losing to Eng for multiple reasons, and with what South Africa did against Eng in the ODIs and especially the T20Is, the wounds are open in that match. While I think WI and S.A will qualify, T20s can be easily determined by 1 player's short contribution. Also, the tosses might go Eng's way a lot, which can mitigate their weaknesses...

  • John on February 28, 2016, 20:19 GMT

    @HIMELSPURS ON FEBRUARY 28, 2016, 6:03 GMT Broad is a terrible white ball cricketer these days (years) bad enough having him in there once let alone twice

  • Russell on February 28, 2016, 6:21 GMT

    That's a blow. Plunkett should have been in the squad anyway. Finn will be missed. Hope he can put his injury problems behind him and stay fit this season, he showed in South Africa how good he is. He was our best bowler before he got injured, he just didn't get the big wicket-hauls his bowling deserved.

  • tahmidul on February 28, 2016, 6:03 GMT

    Plunkett should have been picked not as an injury replacement but as a first choice. In a slow pitch like India, A bowler like Plunkett who has pace and accuracy will always trouble the batsman more than even any other front line spinners. England needed both Finn and Plunkett because they are both accurate and pacey options. Moreover, Plunkett can bat as well. England has lots of bits and pieces player so they should have opened the batting with Alli and Alex Hales and try to bring a proper batsman who can read the game situation and pitch condition and play accordingly rather than mindless slogging of buttler , morgan or stokes. And Roy is a disaster waiting to happen.

    England also miss the trick by not selecting hugely experienced Broad. Broad , Finn and Plunkett - this pace trio would have killed any t20 game on their own.


    This team would have easily won t20 world cup because they got more wicket takers.

  •   Stephen Scott on February 28, 2016, 0:54 GMT

    Good choice in Plunkett (experienced, quickest bowler in the squad & handy lower order bat for a brisk 30or40. England should somehow try to find a place for D.Malan also, just in case, J.Roy & J.Vince stay in terrible form & he can spin bowl decently too.

  • Mike on February 27, 2016, 19:59 GMT

    I like Finn, so it is a loss. But at least we managed to pick the right man to replace him this time. I wouldnt have put it past them to go for Woakes. Thanks god we will not have to suffer the nightmare pairing of Woakes & Jordan! Although I doubt the selectors are big enough to get him in the starting line up as that would be admitting they were wrong in the first place. So will likely be a couple of games in before he gets his chance.

  • Vikram on February 27, 2016, 19:26 GMT

    Progressing to the deep end of the tournament? Let's not look too far

  • Hass on February 27, 2016, 16:35 GMT

    Chris Jordan has become 'unselectable' . Real shame for Finn but Plunkett should have been playing anyway...

  • Egg on February 27, 2016, 10:30 GMT

    STATWHACK: First time England have gone into a world tournament without any of the top 100 bowlers. They only have Finn (28) and Rankin (58) in the list - Finn is injured and Rankin is no longer representing England.

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