NAME: Liam Edward Plunkett DOB: April 6, 1985, Middlesbrough ROLE: Right-arm seamer, Right-handed bat NICKNAME: Pudsey DID YOU KNOW?: Plunkett is a huge American sports fan and owns a house near Philadelphia
In April 2016, Liam Plunkett was one of four Yorkshire players to feature for England in the World T20 final against the West Indies in India.
Plunkett, who came through the Durham system and debuted for England in Test Match and one-day international cricket aged 20, joined Yorkshire, the county of his birth, ahead of 2013.
Despite his age of 27, with plenty of miles left in the tank, many sceptics believed that his best years were behind him.
But two County Championship titles later and further England appearances in all three forms, those views have thankfully been proved wrong.
Plunkett is regarded as one of English cricket’s fastest and most hostile bowlers.
He has won multiple domestic titles with Durham and Yorkshire, including a quartet of County Championship winners’ medals – two for each county.
He won his four-days titles in the North East in 2008 and 2009 and with the White Rose in 2014 and 2015, narrowly missing out on a fifth in 2016.
Injuries and loss of form during his last two seasons at Emirates Durham brought about his departure, but Martyn Moxon and Jason Gillespie jumped at the chance to secure his signature on a long-term contract.
They were confident that their new acquisition could recapture the kind of form that saw him take 49 Championship wickets in 2009 and regain his place in the England side to boot. Their faith has been rewarded in bucketloads.
As well as taking just short of 450 first-class wickets, he can be an extremely useful asset with the bat as well having scored three hundreds and 22 fifties.
Plunkett also spent a month and a half during the winter of 2007/8 playing for the Nashua Dolphins franchise in South Africa. He was a team-mate of former and current Test match stars Shaun Pollock and Hashim Amla.
In 2001, Plunkett played for Durham’s Academy and second XIs before taking nine wickets in five one-day matches for England Under 19s against their India counterparts in August 2002.
In 2003, Plunkett debuted in all three forms of first-team cricket for Durham, taking 19 wickets in first-class cricket through the season. His maiden five-wicket haul came against Yorkshire at Headingley in June, a 167-run win for the visitors.
A haul of 51 Championship wickets in 2005, including two five-fors, earned him a place in England’s post-Ashes winning tour party for their series in Pakistan. He debuted in the third Test at Lahore in November, taking two wickets.
Took three wickets on his one-day debut against the same opponents at the same venue in a 42-run win in December.
In early 2007, Plunkett claimed 12 wickets in the series as England won the Commonwealth Bank one-day Trophy against Australia and New Zealand Down Under.
During the domestic summer, he snared 10 wickets in the competition to help Durham win the Friends Provident 50-over Trophy in August.
Plunkett took 71 first-class wickets in two Championship winning seasons for Durham in 2009 and 2010, including 49 competition wickets in the former campaign.
Having played in the last of eleven Test matches in 2007, he returned to England colours after nine months away in a one-day match against Australia at Perth in February 2011, taking two wickets. He then scored a career best 107 not out in a first-class friendly against Durham University in April.
After injury and loss of form restricted him to just three Championship matches in the 2011 and 2012, he signed for Yorkshire on a three-year contract in October.
On his Yorkshire debut, Plunkett took career best innings figures of 6-33 in a first-class friendly against the students of Leeds/Bradford University in early April 2013.
Plunkett, a man who prides himself on his physical fitness, warmed up for the 2014 summer with an England Lions tour of Sri Lanka, where he scored his second first-class hundred.
He then surprised many a county batsman with his searing pace during the early stages of the summer, earning an England recall to Test cricket following seven years away, playing four Tests against Sri Lanka and India.
He enjoyed a particularly productive Test against Sri Lanka at Headingley in June, taking 5-64 and 4-112, although his career best Test match figures could not prevent defeat.
He took 24 wickets in seven Championship matches as Yorkshire claimed the title.
Plunkett’s appearances for Yorkshire were sporadic throughout another successful year for the county in 2015, owed mainly to international commitments.
Arguably his most notable contribution came in the form of an exhilarating all-round return in the RL50 quarter-final at Essex when the match looked beyond Yorkshire. He scored 49 not out to help recover from 202-9 to reach 252-9 before his exhilarating three-wicket burst put the skids under the Eagles from 95-1 in response.
In 2016, Plunkett was being used more by England in one-day and T20 international cricket, while he scored a blistering career best 126 with the bat in a Championship draw against Hampshire at Headingley.