England speedster Liam Plunkett will not feature in the last two ODIs against Australia owing to a hamstring injury, as confirmed by skipper Eoin Morgan on Thursday (January 25).
In the ongoing ODI series thus far, Plunkett has scalped four wickets in three matches. The 32-year-old picked up an injury during his second over in the third ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday (January 21).
Even though England have taken an unassailable 3-0 lead in the ODI series, Plunkett’s unavailability is certainly a huge blow for the visitors. Adelaide Oval will host the fourth ODI on Friday (January 26) while the fifth and final match will be played at Perth on January 28.
“It was really unfortunate, Liam is going to be out for around 10 days,” Morgan said while addressing the pre-match media conference.
“He’s going to stay with the squad for his rehabilitation. He’s been a huge part of our progression over the past two years. We’re looking at the T20 series for when he will come back so there will definitely be a change for tomorrow,” the England captain further added.
Following the ODI series, England are slated to play a T20I series involving Australia and New Zealand.
England T2I Squad for Tri-Series:
Eoin Morgan (captain), Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, David Willey, Mark Wood.
Itinerary of the T20I Tri-Series:
Feb 03, Australia vs New Zealand, 1st Match, Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Feb 07, Australia vs England, 2nd Match, Bellerive Oval, Hobart
Feb 10, Australia vs England, 3rd Match, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Feb 13, New Zealand vs England, 4th Match, Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Feb 16, New Zealand vs Australia, 5th Match, Eden Park, Auckland
Feb 18, New Zealand vs England, 6th Match, Seddon Park, Hamilton
Feb 21, TBC vs TBC, Final, Eden Park, Auckland