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Plunkett ruled out of remainder of England’s tour of New Zealand

Plunkett suffered a grade one tear in his left hamstring midway through last month’s one-day international series against Australia.

Paceman Liam Plunkett will play no further part on England’s tour of New Zealand after the recurrence of a hamstring strain.

Plunkett suffered a grade one tear in his left hamstring midway through last month’s one-day international series against Australia but remained with the team with the hope of featuring in the Trans-Tasman T20 series.

The 32-year-old sat out the first two matches against Australia but returned in the defeat by the Black Caps on Tuesday, when he aggravated the original problem.

After assessment from medical staff, the Yorkshire seamer has now been ruled out of Sunday’s rematch as well as the five ODIs which follow.

A statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board read: “Liam Plunkett will miss the remainder of the IT20 series and England’s ODI series against New Zealand after suffering a minor recurrence of his Grade 1 left hamstring tear during the last IT20.

“An MRI scan today confirmed a minor hamstring strain and this will not recover in time to take part in the ODI series.

England’s Eoin Morgan has recovered from a hamstring injury

“A replacement for the ODI squad will be announced in the upcoming days.”

Captain Eoin Morgan has missed the last two matches but is expected to be fit for Sunday’s outing at Seddon Park.

Whether or not the Irishman is able to lead his side, seamer David Willey concedes significant improvement is badly needed.

He said: “We’ve got a great group of guys, and everyone who’s here is brilliant, but we just haven’t performed as well as we’d like.

“We know as a group and individually that we haven’t performed in all three areas.

England’s David Willey has been in impressive form with the ball

“We’ve dropped catches, bowled poorly at times and had some poor execution with the bat – so we’ve been down in all three areas – but we’ve still got a chance to put that right.

Willey’s left-arm swing has twice made short work of Australia captain David Warner at the top of the order in this series, and he is hoping he gets a chance to see the dangerous opener off cheaply again.

“Absolutely – and I hope I can get through more of them as well,” he added. “It’s something I try to do – to swing the ball – and I’ve swung it nicely in these Twenty20 games.

“I hope I can make inroads up front against New Zealand – and (then) if we do get to the final hope, do the same again.”


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