Liam Plunkett has been ruled out of the remaining two matches of England Lions’ one-day series against Pakistan A in Dubai, and will fly to South Africa on Wednesday to continue his rehabilitation with the fast bowlers on the Potential England Performance Programme in Potchefstroom.
Plunkett suffered a thigh injury in the Lions’ second warm-up match against a United Arab Emirates XI last week, and a scan yesterday revealed a partial muscle tear.
The Yorkshire all-rounder is expected to be fit to link up with England’s T20 squad before they begin preparing for the two-match series against South Africa in Cape Town on February 19 and Johannesburg two days later, having been selected as a replacement for Steven Finn.
It means the Lions have lost two of the six fast bowlers selected for the five-match one-day series against Pakistan A, following the departure last week of Jamie Overton with a foot injury. They currently lead the series 2-1, with the remaining games on Thursday and Saturday.