Get the app

Liam Plunkett to Feature for Melbourne Stars in BBL 2018-19

England paceman Liam Plunkett is set to make his Big Bash League debut in Australia after signing a deal with Melbourne Stars for the upcoming edition.

Cricketnext Staff |December 6, 2018, 3:17 PM IST
Liam Plunkett to Feature for Melbourne Stars in BBL 2018-19

England's limited-overs paceman Liam Plunkett is set to make his Big Bash League debut after signing a deal with Melbourne Stars for the upcoming edition.

The 33-year-old will come in as a replacement for Lancashire spinner Matt Parkinson, who has been ruled out of the competition due to a stress fracture to his back. Plunkett will join the Melbourne squad for the second half of the tournament after Nepal legspinner Sandeep Lamichhane leaves for the Bangladesh Premier League.

"It's obviously disappointing for Matt that he won't be able to partake in what would have been his first Big Bash season," Melbourne Stars list manager Trent Woodhill said. "We'd like to wish Matt a very speedy recovery.

"However, this circumstance provides us with an opportunity and in Plunkett we have an experienced and successful white-ball bowler who has excelled for England and Yorkshire.

"We're excited about the role he will play for us."

Plunkett has represented England in 13 Tests, 74 One-Day Internationals and 20 Twenty20 Internationals. The right-arm fast bowler has developed into a key member of England’s limited-overs unit over the last couple of years.

Plunkett even made his Indian Premier League debut this year for Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) but was released by the franchise for the upcoming edition.

Squad: Michael Beer, Jackson Bird, Scott Boland, Liam Bowe, Dwayne Bravo, Jackson Coleman, Travis Dean, Ben Dunk, Seb Gotch, Evan Gulbis, Peter Handscomb, Sandeep Lamichhane, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Jonathan Merlo, Marcus Stoinis, Daniel Worrall, Adam Zampa, Liam Plunkett.

Related stories

Also Watch

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5046 120
2 Australia 4320 108
3 England 5253 105
4 New Zealand 3449 105
5 South Africa 3537 98
see more
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6967 124
2 India 7939 118
3 New Zealand 5347 116
4 South Africa 5442 111
5 Australia 5854 110
see more
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 8926 270
2 Australia 6986 269
3 England 6095 265
4 India 12141 264
5 South Africa 5248 262
see more