Injury-hit England call up Plunkett

London, Feb 1 (PTI) England has called up fast bowlerLiam Plunkett ahead of Sunday''s seventh and final one-dayinternational against Australia at Perth after injuries topacers Chris Tremlett and Ajmal Shahzad.

Plunkett will fly to Perth all the way from the WestIndies where he was a member of the domestic side EnglandLions. He will join the national squad only three days beforethe final match of the two-month-long Australian tour.

Tremlett has a side strain while Shahzad nursing ahamstring twinge that will be assessed by a scan in Sydney.

Another seamer Tim Bresnan was already back home nursing hiscalf.

Plunkett played the last of his nine Tests in the summerof 2007 but his last ODI came as recently as March last year,when he played against Bangladesh in Chittagong.

"Liam Plunkett has been part of the England performanceprogramme and England Lions squad this winter so we areconfident that he will be ready to play a role for Englandshould the need arise," England coach Andy Flower was quotedas saying by ''The Press Association''.

"We are waiting for an update on the injuries to AjmalShahzad and Chris Tremlett but with our preparations for theWorld Cup starting in less than a fortnight we need toprioritise getting our World Cup squad members fit and readyfor the start of the tournament," Flower added.

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