London: Paceman Steven Finn has been called into England’s squad for the fourth Test against India in place of the injured Liam Plunkett, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Sunday.
“Liam Plunkett experienced some left ankle discomfort at the end of the second Test and will miss the fourth Test as this continues to settle,” the ECB said in a statement.
Plunkett did not play in the third Test, which England won to level the five-match series at 1-1. He will now hope to recover in time to be in contention for the fifth and final Test at The Oval, starting on August 15.
Plunkett sent down 94 overs in the opening two Tests of the India series, taking seven wickets at 41.28. He was replaced at the Ageas Bowl by Chris Jordan, who went wicketless.
Finn’s last Test was the 14-run victory over Australia in July 2013.
His recall marks a significant step in his return from a chronic loss of form that blighted his Ashes tour. Finn was considered unselectable in Australia and has spent the months since trying to regain his form.