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    Finn ruled out of South Africa tour, Plunkett called in


    Liam Plunkett, right-arm fast bowler, will replace Steve Finn in the England limited-overs squads after the latter was ruled out of the remainder of the South Africa tour due to a side strain, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Monday (January 18).

    Finn, 26, suffered a side strain during the recently concluded third Test in Johannesburg, which the tourists won by seven wickets to claim an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-match series.

    Finn will not only miss the fourth and final Test but also the subsequent One-Day Internationals and Twenty20 sections of the tour.

    Overlooked for the tour at the time of the selections, Plunkett picked three wickets in each of the two Twenty20 Internationals he played against Pakistan in November, last year. Despite the good show, the 30-year-old, who is currently touring with the England Lions in United Arab Emirates, was widely considered unfortunate to miss out in favour of Chris Jordan and Chris Woakes.

    ECB are hoping that Finn would be able to recover in time for the upcoming ICC World Twenty20 in March in India, despite missing out on considerable match-practice ahead of the showpiece event.

    "Finn felt discomfort on day two of the third Test and scans revealed a left side strain," the ECB statement read.

    "Finn, who had been selected in both the ODI and T20 squads, will stay in South Africa for a week to begin his rehab before returning to the UK at the end of the Test series. He is expected to be available for selection for the ICC World T20."

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