London - Injury has ruled England fast bowler Liam Plunkett out of
the remainder of the T20I series as well as the entire ODI series against New
Plunkett suffered a hamstring strain during the ODI series
win over Australia but returned to action in a T20I against New Zealand in
Wellington only to aggravate the injury.
It has been confirmed that Plunkett has suffered a grade one
tear to his hamstring and he will now return home to England to begin
England will not replace Plunkett in the T20I squad with
just one match remaining in the series and the tourists only in with an outside
shot of making the final.
The ECB issued a statement that read: "An MRI scan
today confirmed a minor hamstring strain and this will not recover in time to
take part in the ODI series.
"A replacement for the ODI squad will be announced in
the upcoming days."
England have struggled during the T20I series with Joe Root
rested and regular skipper Eoin Morgan sidelined through injury.
They have been boosted by the addition of all-rounder Ben
Stokes who was cleared to join the party after appearing in court to answer
charges of affray earlier.
No indication has been made as to who may replace Plunkett
with some speculating young allrounder Sam Curran may stay on after the