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And England manages to wreck it without even overbowling it!

Now it’s Plunkett; that’s an England squad bowling injury full house for Durham!
Following on from Mark Davies leaving the England squad with ankle problems and then having an operation on his ankle, and Graham Onions returning home from the squad with back injury; esteemed drinks boy Pudsy has now apparently joined the list.

BBC TMS feed – 0439 – Eng 490-9 (171 overs)
“ And a bit of breaking news on TMS – Liam Plunkett will return home a day early from this tour because of an injury that they want to treat immediately.”

Oh and even more joy – Bunny’s back injury is more serious than at fist thought, and Bob is not looking certain to be fit for the start of the season now either.
Do England treat their pace bowlers well?  What do they do with them?  They have not been flogging the overs out of the Durham ones in matches.    For the amount of time our bowlers have seen on the competitive field this winter this is not been a good return.   Plunkett has seen only one [non EPPs] tour match all winter!
England: keeping our Nigel [the physio] in business!



  1. Asked to comment on the injury situation, Harmison sagely observed, “Well thats what happens, they go off on their overseas tours and nothing good ever happens there.”

  2. Very clever title six :). But you do have a very good physio, working so hard to get them on their feet again!

  3. Yes Nigel more than earns his keep!

    Strangely Harmison often came back from tours in fine physical condition. Certainly had a better fitness record than any of the current crop of quicks. I’ve also seen him play for Durham more than any other bowler!

  4. Oh damn dont remind me of the Ashes tour. They had no decent practice matches so he bowled like crap for the first 2 tests, then he finally got enough overs, found his rhythm, by which time the series was done, and was close to unplayable in the last 2 matches. Then in peak form, he said he was retiring from one day cricket because he couldnt bowl with a white ball and left the tour, and Flintoff on his dodgy ankle and battling the booze, had to carry the attack for the limited overs matches…and they still managed to win the one day series with one of the most ramshackle, patchwork teams ever (Joyce, Loye, Dalrymple, Mahmood, Nixon)

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