English fast bowler Liam Plunkett has made an admiration by saying it takes a lot of hard work to work on the consistency in a bid to deliver and get appreciation at the international stage while adding he was a deserving candidate to break into the national team.

“It is nice to hear people consider you an established member of the team, and I feel I do deserve to be in the side,” Plunkett was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

Of late, the Yorkshire-born right-arm fast bowler Plunkett, who is the part of England’s ICC Champions Trophy squad claimed the recognition after going through trials and tribulations during his international cricket.

Almost after 12 years, Plunkett is of the opinion that he has been toiling hard to become the first choice for the national unit.

“I’d love to get to 100 ODI wickets. It is always nice to chip people off the list, people you looked up to when you were growing up,” Plunkett said.

After giving his best in order to rejuvenate himself, Plunkett believes he would be aiming to work on his bowling to keep the batsmen under check in the foreseeable future, as they competition is growing stronger.

“You’ve got to keep adapting. Some people might play slower balls better than others, so you won’t bowl as many to them,” Plunkett revealed.

Terming himself as a different package in the pace bowling department, Plunkett is brimming with confidence to deliver according to the plan in the upcoming multilateral event.

“I’m a completely different cricketer. You’ve got to always be thinking and changing, because people are watching you day in, day out,” Plunkett further said.

Considering it as a watershed moment, Plunkett is of the view that he has been consistent and giving his hundred percent since past one year on the field, as it has been key to his progress for being the part of England national contingent.

“I’ve played long enough now where I’ve been in and out of the side, but I feel in the last year I’ve been one of the better bowlers and one of the most consistent,” Plunkett said.

Interestingly, the 32-year-old fast bowler has made his debut for England at the age of 20 when he played against Pakistan.

“There are people wanting to come in, so you need to keep improving. If you stay still, people are going to come in and do well,” Plunkett remarked.

Plunkett has featured in 52 One-day Internationals in which he has bagged 77 wickets at an average of 31.54, as his economy reads as 5.76.

“Little niggles, if you get rested for a game, someone comes in and performs and you could lose your place,” Plunkett concluded.

Plunkett has also played 13 Tests and 11 Twenty20 Internationals for three Lions.


    Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at Sportzwiki.com, who follows cricket like food after listening to running commentary on a transistor radio when he was only eight, and penned down the scorecard when he turned 11. He Tweets @TahirIbnManzoor

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