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England pace bowler Liam Plunkett will play no further part in the national team’s tour of New Zealand after he aggravated a hamstring injury.
Plunkett was diagnosed with a grade one tear in his left hamstring midway through the ODI series against Australia last month. However, during England’s loss to New Zealand in the T20 tri-series, Plunkett aggravated the injury.
As a result, he has been ruled out of England’s clash with the Black Caps in Hamilton on Sunday and will also be sidelined for the upcoming five-match ODI series, which begins on February 25.
“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,” a statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said as quoted by the Daily Mail. “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.”