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England pace bowler Stuart Broad has been included in the ODI squad as a replacement for fellow seamer Liam Plunkett for the upcoming five-match series against South Africa.
Plunkett was initially called up after Steven Finn was diagnosed with a side strain. However, after suffering a thigh injury after playing two matches with the England Lions in the United Arab Emirates, Plunkett’s hopes of joining up with the England team in South Africa have been dashed.
However, all is not lost for Plunkett as he could still feature in the two-match Twenty20 series should he make a full recovery.
Broad meanwhile has not played ODI cricket since the 2015 World Cup in March and admitted after the third Test in Johannesburg that he was eager to make his comeback in the 50-over format.
“I’m desperate to play white-ball cricket again for England,” Broad had said. “You have a short career and I’m not going to play until I’m 37 or 38, so I want to play as much cricket as I possibly can.
“My consistency has got better with the red ball probably through playing more exclusively red-ball cricket, but we don’t know what is going to happen over the next few months with injuries or loss of form.
“Anything can happen to get a call-up, so I want to be ready to play white-ball cricket.”