Plunkett keen to be involved

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Liam Plunkett

Liam Plunkett is hoping to feature in the final one-day international in Perth after he was drafted in from the England Lions squad

Liam Plunkett believes he will be rested and ready to play for England despite embarking on a 40-hour journey around the world ahead of the final match of the one-day international series against Australia.

Plunkett was given an emergency call-up this week as England’s injury crisis struck hard to deplete their bowling stocks.

The Durham right-armer was with England Lions in the Caribbean when he received his call to make the arduous journey to Perth for Sunday’s final game of a series, which England trail 5-1.

“I went from St Kitts to Miami and then Miami to Heathrow. I was there for 10 hours so I had a sleep there and then went to Singapore and here,” Plunkett said.

“It was actually my sleep-in day when I found out. I was going to sleep until 10 o’clock and then go to the gym and then I got the call from (ECB performance director) Dave Parsons that I was on the next flight out.

“But I’ve been here two nights now. I’ve had plenty of time to rest and slept on the plane thanks to some sleeping tablets.”

Plunkett’s call came with England’s bowling attack severely depleted as a long tour of Australia draws to its close.

Graeme Swann (back) and Tim Bresnan (calf) returned home early last week, while Ajmal Shahzad (hamstring) along with Chris Tremlett (side) flew back to England today after they were also struck down.

Tim Bresnan

Tim Bresnan is one of a number of England bowlers to have been struck by injury in Australia, opening the door for Plunkett

That has left England with just three fit seamers to choose from with James Anderson as well as Chris Woakes and Steven Finn – who have both made their ODI debuts in the series.

Plunkett will challenge them for a place in the team on a fast-paced WACA wicket and would at least offer more England experience, with 28 one-day internationals to his name, although he has made just one of those in the past three years.

That was against Bangladesh in March last year but the 25-year-old has been rewarded for some good performances with England Lions and on the England Performance Programme tour of Australia before Christmas.

“I was (surprised to get selected). But I’ve got the call up, I’m here and hopefully I will play,” he said.

“I might be 12th man yet, but hopefully I’ll play - I’ve got fresh legs. I feel strong and confident in my bowling so hopefully it goes well and we’ll see what happens from there.”

“The next people in are from the Lions, they (the England selectors) don’t pick them from county teams.

“They are backing that. They back the Lions and the squad they’ve got and that’s why I got the call-up.

“I have managed to get some overs under my belt in the West Indies, which is good. I managed to pick up three-for and bowl 16 overs in the last game. I feel in good rhythm at the minute.”

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