Plunkett to join Melbourne Stars as replacement for Parkinson

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England seamer Liam Plunkett has been signed by Australian Big Bash League (BBL) side Melbourne Stars as a replacement for leg-spinner Matt Parkinson.

Lancashire slow-bowler Parkinson had been withdrawn from the England Lions tour of the UAE after scans showed up a stress fracture and he has not recovered enough to take up his Stars deal in the BBL.

Plunkett, who is a regular member in England’s limited-overs squads, will share overseas duties with Nepal spinner Sandeep Lamichhane.

Dwayne Bravo will be the Stars’ other overseas player and will be available for the duration of the tournament.

Plunkett’s next international commitment is likely to be England’s ODI series against West Indies which starts on February 20 with the BBL final scheduled for 18 February.

Melbourne Stars 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, Liam Plunkett, Marcus Stoinis, Daniel Worrall, Adam Zampa

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