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Plunkett replaces Parkinson at Melbourne Stars

Plunkett replaces Parkinson at Melbourne Stars

England pacer Liam Plunkett will replace legspinner Matt Parkinson as the second oversees player at Melbourne Stars after the latter was ruled out of the BBL with a back injury.

Parkinson, who plays for Lancashire, had been withdrawn from the England Lions tour of the UAE after scans showed up a stress fracture and he has not recovered enough to take up his Stars deal.

Plunkett, who has been a key figure in England’s ODI and T20 sides, will share overseas duties with Nepal leggie Sandeep Lamichhane due to international commitments. The Stars have also signed Dwayne Bravo for the duration of the tournament.

Plunkett will act as a replacement player for Lamichhane while he is on Bangladesh Premier League duties.

Having made his debut in 2005, Plunkett has represented England in over 100 games across all formats. He has 23 wickets in the 20 T20I games.

Melbourne Stars squad for BBL 2018/19

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