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Amost perfect start for Yorkshire's Liam Plunkett
Liam Plunkett has hailed an almost perfect start to life with Yorkshire.
The former Durham fast bowler moved to Headingley last October with much to prove after a difficult two seasons had seen his career dip from the days of nine Test caps with England and 29 one-day internationals between 2005 and 2011.
The now 28-year-old only played three LV= County Championship matches for Durham in 2011 and 2012, and he was told he could leave the North East for pastures new.
He signed a three-year contract with Yorkshire, and a superb start to his White Rose career was capped off at the weekend when he played for the England Lions in a two-day friendly against Australia.
Plunkett took a career-best six-wicket haul on his debut for the county in a first-class friendly against Leeds/Bradford MCC Universities in April.
He has gone on to become their second most prolific wicket-taker in the Championship with 28 from eight matches, including one five-wicket haul.
Yorkshire are also ten points clear at the top of division one with five matches to play heading into today’s clash with Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
And he was awarded his county cap before the last match against Warwickshire at the start of the month.
Asked if it had been the perfect start to his Yorkshire career, he said: “It would be close to it, yes, absolutely.
“My aim when I came in the winter was to get fit and do some bowling, which I did when I went away to Adelaide. Coming back, I played that first game against the Uni team and got six, which was a massive confidence-booster.
“I feel like I’ve been chipping in throughout the year. Everyone’s been performing, and we’ve all gelled really well. Me and Jack (Brooks) obviously signed at the same time, and he’s been getting wickets as well. We’re top of the tree at this point, and I feel good.”
Plunkett is a two-time Championship winner, having done it with Durham in 2008 and 2009.
And he is very confident of picking up his third winner’s medal next month.
“I have a feeling that we will win it,” he said. “With our experience and the class that we’ve got, why should we not win it? We’re the team to beat at the minute, and others need to come and beat us.
“I don’t feel any pressure at all. To be honest, this is the most relaxed I’ve felt in my career for a very long time. For me, it’s about nothing else but getting the guy out who’s at the other end.
“It’s a great time to live in. If you want to be a sportsman, these are the times you work for. Everyone’s fighting to win the Championship. People are coming out and digging in perhaps harder than they have before or bowling longer spells.
“But you do need to keep a level head and not change what you’ve been doing.
“We’re playing Notts, and they’ll need to win to get themselves back up there. There’s always a chance that if we play good cricket and they’ll be coming at us, it opens the gates for us.”
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