A right-arm seamer and handy lower-order batsman, Plunkett was surprisingly picked by England at the age of 20 for the tour of Pakistan in 2005.
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 change of surrounding resulted in a player revitalised. Plunkett snared 36 championship wickets at an average of 28.33, while weighing in with a pair of half-centuries in the White Roses' ultimately fruitless title push.