When you're part of a team as successful and confident as this one-day team from England, players are pushed forward by all kinds of surprising pressures.
Take the case of fast bowler Liam Plunkett. He is a high-performance incumbent on the side, having taken 54 windows at an average of 23.83 since the start of 2017. Apart from his bowling alley, Plunkett has also been known to hit the ball, hitting in the lower order. But having lost the first three ODI to get married, an unforeseen change of programming in the series made it impossible to avoid the crash. Plunkett returns knowing that there are others competing for their place in the XI.
So far in preparation for the wedding, and with my wife Emeleah being an American, many people had booked flights, and I was not interested in paying them, "said Plunkett about missing the beginning of the series. the bottom of your mind you know that someone will come and will do well, that's just sport, right? It's good for the team that people come and do it well. I think England knows what I can contribute to the game. 19659002] "And if I do not get the elbow, I'm going to graft in. People forget the first seven years of my career in England, I did not play, I was the 12th man all the time, I know how to deal with the situation. the approval and play one or two games here, but if not, I hope to try again. "
The man who replaced him in the XI for the two games that have been played so far, was Olly. Stone, a 25-year-old man capable of regularly breaking 145kph. Stone had upset the Sri Lankan high command in the second ODI, taking the opener from opener Niroshan Dickwella with a big one and beating several other batters with the deliveries he got to
England captain Eoin Morgan was impressed for that performance, and even pointed out an area in which Stone is perhaps better than the man he has intervened: where the Plunkett rhythm is used, especially during the intermediate rounds and death, Stone could also be used as an option new ball As a result, there is now some additional pressure on Plunkett to work on its new ball bowling.
"I do not look for a ball in networks that are old – I always pick up a new ball because you want to w ork in your skills," said Plunkett. "In T20 it's similar, you can be in the second or third place when the ball is new, I used to be a swing bowler, but now I'm more of a bowler who hits the deck. old, a little swing could come back to my game and in two or three years I might be opening bowling again. "
In any case, for now, England has the option of not returning to Plunkett in the XI. Plunkett only arrived in Sri Lanka on Tuesday, and perhaps has not yet acclimatized as well as his teammates. However, he insists that he does not lack bowling practice.
"I did a lot in the last six or seven weeks, I found a covered center, so I played 30 or 40 plays per week." Keeping him updated and training hard. I do not think I'm lacking excesses, I've shot a lot. I'm just getting used to the temperature. "