England news January 20, 2016

Plunkett is injury doubt for South Africa ODIs

ESPNcricinfo staff

Liam Plunkett has had a frustrating winter © Getty Images

Liam Plunkett's involvement in England's one-day series in South Africa has been thrown into doubt by a thigh injury picked up while playing for England Lions in the UAE.

Plunkett picked up a "tight thigh" in a Lions warm-up match against a UAE XI ahead of their five-match ODI series against Pakistan A - enough to rule him out of the first tie on Wednesday.

It is only two days since Plunkett, was named as a replacement for Steven Finn in South Africa. He will now undergo a fitness test to ascertain whether he can play in the second match against Pakistan A on Friday.

The ECB has announced that his plans to fly to South Africa at the weekend have been "revised".

Plunkett, who was a surprise omission from the squads originally named for the tour, last featured for England in their 3-0 T20 series win over Pakistan before Christmas. He took three for 29 during the recent 50-over warm-up defeat to the United Arab Emirates at the ICC Academy.

England's priority is that Finn recovers from a strained side in time for the World T20 in India in March. He will miss the fourth Test at Centurion, which begins on Friday, as well as the five ODIs that follow, but he will remain in South Africa for warm-weather rehabilitation with the England medical staff.

Plunkett has had a frustrating winter which has brought him long periods away from home with England and the Lions with very little cricket to show for it.

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  • Mark on January 21, 2016, 13:51 GMT

    @jmcilhinney I did wonder that, but the timing does not quite look right. Maybe you are right and it is just one of those cases of Sod's Law...

  • John on January 20, 2016, 23:20 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer on January 20, 2016, 16:22 GMT; It may well be that Plunkett's potential injury didn't really show up until after the decision that he would replace Finn had been taken.

  • Samuel on January 20, 2016, 17:16 GMT

    @Simplythebest... - Jamie Overton has gone home from the tour injured too, would probably have been considered the like-for-like replacement. The Overtons were called into the ODI squad last year, so I imagine it'd be Craig Overton who comes in.

  • Mark on January 20, 2016, 16:22 GMT

    I find it perplexing that a player can be named as a replacement for the ODIs in South Africa and primed to go there when not actually fit to play in the tour for which he has been selected. How much communication has there been between management on the two tours?

  • Clad on January 20, 2016, 13:09 GMT

    Very unfortunate. Opportunity for Tom Curran or one of the Overtons if Plunkett is ruled out?

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