ENG vs WI 2017: Liam Plunkett Not Worried by Return of Big Names in Windies Side
The mere sight of Chris Gayle standing at the popping crease is enough to unnerve the best of bowlers, but Liam Plunkett is an exception, as the England fast-bowler is excited by the prospect of facing the West Indies star in the upcoming One-Day International series.
Gayle, who is recalled to the ODI side, gave the England bowlers a trailer of the damage he can inflict during the one-off T20I when he slammed four sixes and three fours to score a quickfire 40, as the reigning World T20 champions defeated England by 21 runs on Saturday (September 16).
And as Gayle is gearing up to make a grand return to 50-over cricket, Plunkett is up for the challenge of bowling to arguably the most explosive batsman in the world right now.
“I don’t think anyone knows (how to bowl to Gayle) do they?” said Plunkett. “He’s such a good player he just hits the ball out of the park wherever he wants.”
“It’s good they have their experienced players back, a lot of stars, and that’s what you want to play against,” said 32-year-old.“You want to beat the best they can bring over.”
Plunkett further said the Eoin Morgan-led side is confident of beating the visitors in the five-match series. England is yet to lay their hands on a global ICC trophy, but their performance in the last couple of years have been promising, and they will surely enter the series against the two-time World Cup-winners as the favourites.
“In one-dayers, we’re a good team, we haven’t won any silverware obviously but in terms of the last two years with the amount of games and series we are a confident team,” Plunkett said. “We feel like we should beat them (West Indies).”
Meanwhile, Plunkett will have a chance to become the leading wicket-taker in ODIs this year. The right-arm pacer, who took three wickets in the one-off T20I, has taken 28 wickets in 13 ODIs in 2017 with Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan (36 wickets) and Pakistan’s Hasan Ali (31) topping the list for the calendar year to date.
“I’m quite comfortable in my own skin with England now,” he said. “It’s good to have that feeling and it would be great to be the number one wicket-taker. It would be great to achieve that but also good to win the series.”
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