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England pace bowler Liam Plunkett has resisted the urge to become a white-ball specialist as he still has an interest in playing red-ball cricket.
Spinner Adil Rashid and batsman Alex Hales have already gone down that route.
However, while he has not played Test cricket since July 2014, Plunkett is determined to show that he still has something to offer in red-ball cricket.
“I think I am available for 12 Championship games for Yorkshire and I want to play in as many as I can,” Plunkett was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “I still want to play red-ball cricket, I still want to perform for Yorkshire and if something comes from that, you never know.
“I didn’t play too many Championship games last year, or the year before, but I still enjoy the red-ball cricket. For me, playing a four-day game is more like a Test match. To get a victory after battling for four days, and three sessions a day, is more satisfying for me.
“I will try to keep myself as fit as I can. I want to keep playing cricket until the wheels fall off.”
While Plunkett would advise the younger generation to set their sights on representing their country in Test cricket, he conceded that some of them will solely opt for limited overs formats since they are more lucrative.
“I can tell the youngsters growing up that there is nothing more rewarding than playing a Test match for England after that hard battle for five days,” he said. “But people do go that way, people are going down that route, and that’s good for them.
“If they want to do it, and they can’t fully commit to red-ball cricket, and their heart is not in it, then it’s probably best for the team and for the county and for themselves.”