Yorkshire all-rounder Liam Plunkett has been called up to the England Lions squad for their tour of Sri Lanka, which starts later this month.
The Middlesbrough-born player, who is heading into his second season with the White Rose County, replaces Sussex paceman Chris Jordan, who has been drafted into England’s T20 squad for the three match series against Australia beginning in Hobart on 29 January.
He is joined in the squad alongside his Yorkshire colleagues Jonathan Bairstow and Alex Lees.
Plunkett, who played for the Lions against Australia last summer, is delighted to be back in the international fold and believes that he has every chance of returning to the senior side for the first time since 2007 – his last Test cap against West Indies at Old Trafford.
“It is great to be called up,” said Plunkett.
“The reason why I came to Yorkshire was to rediscover myself as a cricketer. This is a great club and I enjoyed my cricket last year. I am in a good frame of mind and I know I’m capable of getting back into the international set-up on a regular basis. To do that I need to continue playing to my full potential. The Lions tour will give me that opportunity and then we’ll be into the start of the new season.
“If I can get off to a good start with Yorkshire, especially with the ball, then you never know where it can take you. It will be an intriguing start to the season with many of the England players no doubt playing county cricket trying to recapture their form ahead of the Sri Lanka series in the summer. Every player will want to impress with the aim of getting in the squad.”
England Lions will arrive in Sri Lanka on 27 January and play two three-day matches in Colombo against a Sri Lanka A Team Emerging Players XI.
The squad will then play three four-day matches against Sri Lanka A in Kandy, Dambulla and Colombo.