Plunkett replaces Finn in limited overs squads against South Africa
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Steven Finn has today been officially ruled out of the remainder of the test match series against South Africa as well as the limited over games which follow the series, after picking up a side-strain in the latter stages of the 3rd test.

Up next for Finn

Finn will remain in South Africa for a further week where he will commence his rehab and he will then return home following the end of the test series next week. England expect the seamer to be available for selection for the T20 World Cup in India which starts in March.

Yorkshire seamer, Liam Plunkett will replace Finn in both squads. As it stands the Yorkshireman is currently in the UAE with the England lions and he will travel to South Africa to join the squad this weekend, following playing in two games against Pakistan A in the UAE.

Good record for Plunkett

Plunkett has got great experience with England and has already played for the ODI side 34 times taking 45 wickets at an average of 35, whilst appearing for the T20 side just the three times picking up seven wickets at an average of 13.

His omission from both squads in the first place came as a surprise to many because he performed so well in the series against Australia before not getting too much action in the UAE as England named a largely unchanged side for much of both of the series.

Different options for England

The 30 year old last featured, last featured for England in the T20's against Pakistan just before Christmas, took 3-29 for the Lions during their warm-up defeat on Saturday against the UAE at the ICC acedemy.

Stuart Broad remains on the sidelines (Source: Express)
Stuart Broad remains on the sidelines (Source: Express)

Plunkett's latest call up means that Stuart Broad will once again be kept waiting for a one-day recall, despite having risen to number one in the bowling test rankings for the first time following his brilliant spell of 6-18 to help send England to series victory in the third test against South Africa on Saturday.

Broad is very experienced in one-day cricket for England as he has represented England 119 times in 50 over cricket and has not played for the nation in that form since the World-cup last year but is certainly hoping to still be able to play a part in the One-Day international squad.

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