sport news Liam Plunkett: I have to keep adapting for England

Liam Plunkett admits he is a much-changed and more skilful bowler as he tries to extend his career at the highest level.

Plunkett will be 32 by the start of England's Champions Trophy summer - and to ensure he remains a test for the world's best batsmen, he has added many more variations to his natural pace over the past two years.

It was that pace, height and bounce which earned him an England recall three years ago - after a mid-career hiatus - first of all in Test cricket and then a more protracted opportunity with the white ball too.

Liam Plunkett admits he is a much-changed and more skilful bowler

The Yorkshire seamer treasures every one of his 70 caps across the formats.

As he eyes a future in which the Champions Trophy looms large initially, he retains ambitions elsewhere - for his county, in franchise cricket around the world and even possibly a belated Ashes debut.

Plunkett still dares to dream, and believes he has the skills at his disposal to keep himself relevant in all conditions.

'When I started to come back and do well again, it was smashing the pitch - bowling quick,' he said.

'But people catch on - they're going to wait for the short ball, so I need to keep adapting.'

He had to ask himself some searching specific questions therefore, about whether he could keep top batsmen guessing.

The England bowler has added many more variations to his natural pace

''Do I bowl wobble-seam? Can I get the ball to come in?' Otherwise people read you and know exactly what you're going to do - especially good players,' he said.

'I don't just want to be running in and trying to bowl quick - I want to be skilful with it.'

That is increasingly true, of course, with advancing years - although there is little reason yet to suggest Plunkett has lost a yard along the way.

'Especially if my pace does go down in the next few years and I'm still playing county cricket at 35, I've got the skills to bowl yorkers and cutters and keep

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