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Liam Plunkett ruled out of T20I Tri-Series and New Zealand ODIs

Liam Plunkett sidelined by hamstring injury
Liam Plunkett sidelined by hamstring injury

England fast bowler Liam Plunkett will miss the remainder of the Twenty20 International series and the upcoming One-Day International contest in New Zealand after failing to recover from a hamstring injury.

Plunkett sustained the injury during the third ODI against Australia in Sydney and was subsequently ruled out of the remaining two ODIs in the series which England went on to win 4-1 and also the first three games of the T20Is in the Tri-Series that also includes New Zealand.

England already have the services of Chris Woakes, Tom Curran, Mark Wood and David Willey along with Ben Stokes, who is set to join them for the New Zealand ODIs.

The selectors have not named a replacement for Plunkett for the ODI series against New Zealand though it is believed that Jake Ball, who is currently with the T20I squad as a cover for the 32-year-old appears to be the front-runner.

Plunkett has played 65 ODIs for England and recently achieved the milestone of 100 wickets at an economy of 5.80.

England will face New Zealand in a must-win final T20I of the Tri-Series on Sunday following which they will lock horns with the Black Caps in five ODIs and two Tests between 25th February and 3rd April.

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