Plunkett going Down Under
New Yorkshire signing Liam Plunkett is heading to Adelaide next week for a two-month training camp at the Darren Lehmann Cricket Academy.
The fast bowler, signed from Durham at the beginning of October, has played just three LV= County Championship matches in the last two seasons.
He has suffered injuries in that period, prompting the White Rose to send Plunkett for warm-weather training in a bid to ensure his peak fitness for the new season.
“Liam (Plunkett) will head out on Monday to Adelaide and join up with the Darren Lehmann Cricket Academy,” said director of cricket Martyn Moxon.
“The thinking behind it is to give Liam every opportunity to play and train in excellent conditions. He missed a lot of last season through injury, so he is keen to make up for lost time and get some good outdoor preparation in readiness for our pre-season trip to Barbados in March.
“Our conditioner has implemented a fitness programme for Liam, which he will execute while he is out in Adelaide. In addition to the training, there will be many opportunities to play during the week for the academy, which organises matches against other competitive teams in South Australia.
“At weekends, he will play Grade cricket for the University, which will help his development as the new season approaches.
“We have a good partnership with the Darren Lehmann Academy, through Darren and Dizzy (Jason Gillespie, Yorkshire coach). On a weekly basis we will get a full report on how he is progressing and we will also be in touch with Liam regularly to see what is working for him.”