He made his debut in the third Test, but struggled to make an impression on a surface which heavily favoured batsmen.
Plunkett was impressive in the one-day international series, though, as some good efforts with the ball were complemented by a half-century.
It appeared England had unearthed a potential star at that stage, yet Plunkett’s stock subsequently fell, although there were moments of brilliance.
He played a part in each of Durham’s back-to-back LV= County Championship title successes in 2008 and 2009, but has only sporadically appeared on the international scene since.
Having been limited to three championship games in 2011 and 2012 by injuries and poor form, he joined Yorkshire on a three-year deal.
The move revitalised his career completely, the turnaround best underlined by Plunkett forcing his way back into the England Test side in the summer of 2014.
He recorded a first five-wicket haul on his adopted home ground against Sri Lanka in June, but a foot injury suffered against India forced him out of the rest of the summer.
He was selected to go on a fast bowling programme with the England Performance Programme in the winter of 2014 after being awarded an incremental contract.