Plunkett hoping for ‘dream’ Ashes game


England and Yorkshire fast bowler Liam Plunkett may be an international veteran, making his debut in 2005, but he has never played in an Ashes Test and says it would fulfill a childhood dream to do so at Trent Bridge.

Plunkett has been called into the Test side for the fourth Ashes Test, along with Durham paceman Mark Footitt, as potential replacements for injured James Anderson. It depends on whether Mark Wood, first in line, is fit.

Wood was ruled out of the third Test with an ankle niggle, and was replaced by Steve Finn, who went on to bag a five-fer. As such, he won't be getting the boot, so if Wood is fit, they will both play alongside Stuart Broad.

But Plunkett, who has 13 Tests caps under his belt but none against the Aussies, is still holding out hope, writing on Twitter: "Really happy to be part of the Ashes squad for the fourth Test.

"Still a childhood dream to play in an Ashes Test."

Plunkett played nine Tests between 2005 and 2007, after which he fell by the wayside. He was recalled in 2014, but then got injured and has had to fight his way back once again. He last played a Test in July last year, against India.