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Liam Plunkett will play no further part in the West Indies Cricket Board regional four-day championship after suffering a thigh strain

Durham pace bowler Liam Plunkett is returning from the current England Lions tour of the West Indies having sustained a left thigh strain.

The 25-year-old will return to Durham to continue his rehabilitation and is expected to be fully fit ahead of the start of the domestic season.

Leicestershire’s Nathan Buck will now remain with the England Lions squad for the final three matches of the tour against Guyana, Windward Islands and Jamaica.

Buck was originally selected on the fast bowling programme and spent the early part of the winter on a conditioning programme at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough.

The 19-year-old was called up to the England Lions squad in January for the early part of the tour and has remained with the squad, who are currently unbeaten in the regional four-day competition.

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