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Plunkett confident in pursuit of World Cup glory
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Plunkett confident in pursuit of World Cup glory

Liam Plunkett hopes he can repeat his fast bowling magic in the high-stakes clash against New Zealand where a win would ensure them a spot in the semi-finals.

Victory in Wednesday's match would place England in a comfortable position with 12 points while New Zealand will then have to depend on other results going their way to order to qualify for the next round.

Right-arm paceman Plunkett sizzled with the ball upon his World Cup return with a crucial spell of 3-55 that dented India's momentum during their pursuit of the imposing target of 338.

England's 31-run win over India comes after back-to-back defeats against Sri Lanka and Australia which pushed the tournament hosts on the brink of elimination.

Plunkett did not feature in any of the losses including the earlier 14-run defeat to Pakistan, thus earning him the title of being England's 'lucky charm'.

"It's nice to have that (unbeaten streak), but I think it's just the way it has worked," said Plunkett, who was included in the playing XI at the expense of Moeen Ali in Birmingham. "If I do play hopefully I can make a difference."

He added: "People know if you're not playing you're obviously frustrated -- it's about not showing it. How can you get back in the team? By bowling well in practice.

"Even though I'm 34 can I work on something else tomorrow that could help down the line?"

'Skillful enough to pick up wickets despite lack of pace'

Although Plunkett lacks the raw pace which makes the likes of Jofra Archer and Mark Wood a delight to watch but he has been consistently picking up wickets in the middle overs owing to his wily variations in pace and delivery angle.

Plunkett's scalps in this tournament include high-profile names such as Hashim Amla, Chris Gayle and Indian skipper Virat Kohli whose wicket stalled India's charge in the previous game.

"I haven't got the ability to just come in and bowl rockets all the time like Jofra or Woody," said Plunkett. "Some days I feel good with the pace and others less so, but I'm still skillful enough to pick up wickets."

Plunkett emphasized England were cognizant of the gravity of the situation and were focused at carrying their winning ways in the game against New Zealand.

"It's an amazing journey I've been on and to think that if you win three games of cricket then you win the World Cup. This team is capable of doing just that.

"But nobody is celebrating like crazy. We know we need to go and win the next game and get the momentum going. It is good we've had our kick up the backside."