Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Plunkett Relishes Chance to Travel

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Plunkett Relishes Chance to Travel

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Byline: By Luke Edwards

Liam Plunkett has assured the England selectors who have placed so much faith in him that he will not suffer from the homesickness which once threatened to wreck Steve Harmison's international career.

Plunkett's rapid progress at Durham last season, where he took 51 Championship wickets, and previous exploits with the England Under-19 side have established the Teessider as one of the hottest bowling prospects in world cricket.

The 20-year-old's county exploits had already been enough to lead to a surprise call-up for the one-day squad for the winter tours of Pakistan and India, but when Glamorgan's Simon Jones was forced to pull out with an ankle injury, Plunkett was also drafted into the Test squad for the series against Pakistan.

"I don't mind going away from home," revealed Plunkett, who has already tasted life on the sub-continent during the youth World Cup in Bangladesh two winters ago.

"The conditions are likely to be similar to what I experienced in Bangladesh so that should help me.

"Going to Bangladesh was a massive culture shock, there is more poverty and the food is different and you can get a stomach bug, but it was a good experience and I like doing things like that.

"Being away from home and experiencing new things is something I like to do. I know Harmy gets homesick, but I'm the opposite ( I love being away.

"It's great to experience new cultures, being away with a set of lads and just enjoying it. I'm doing something I love doing when I play cricket so I'm really looking forward to it.

"Harmy is one of those people that's always going to have a bit of homesickness and he's entitled to because he's missing his family, but I've only got my parents and my girlfriend to worry about and cricket is the main thing for me at the moment. …

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