Plunkett eyes Test return

12 March 2017 07:16:06 EST
Liam Plunkett.

Liam Plunkett feels his best years are yet to come and he has his sights set on a return to the England Test side.

Plunkett has managed 13 appearances for England but he hasn't been involved in a Test since 2014.

The 31-year-old has impressed in limited overs international outings however, and starred in the 3-0 one-day whitewash of West Indies.

Plunkett was England's leading wicket taker during the series with 10 and the Durham bowler now hopes to force his way back into the Test side.

"I thought I did well last time I was in the Tests," he said, as reported by the Daily Mail. "But injuries took me out and I didn't get back in. I still want to play Test cricket. I'm 31 and I feel I'm at my best.

"If you hit form in red-ball cricket, take some five-fors early on and put some pressure on, with injuries you're back in the squad – so you never know."

Plunkett is also eager to be involved in the Champions Trophy this summer and he hopes his displays against the West Indies have put him in contention for a place in the squad.

England are 1212/1 to win the Champions Trophy outright, India are 4/9 and New Zealand can be backed at 1212/1.

"I've felt good for a while," he added. "What's different now is I feel I can control my line and length, and that's one of my strengths.

"My next cap is my 50th. It's taken me 10 years to do that, and I want to play every single game. Each one is as important to me as the others, but I want to be at the tournament. It's a trophy we think we can win."

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