Plun­kett is signed to re­place in­jured Parkin­son in Mel­bourne

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ENG­LAND fast bowler Liam Plun­kett has signed for Big Bash League side Mel­bourne Stars fol­low­ing an in­jury to Matt Parkin­son.

Lan­cashire spin­ner Parkin­son will be un­able to take part Down Un­der due to a stress frac­ture to his back.

His ab­sence has al­lowed the Stars to bring in Plun­kett, who has played 13 Tests, 74 one-day in­ter­na­tion­als and 20 Twen­ty20s for Eng­land, as an in­ter­na­tional re­place­ment.

The pace­man is ex­pected to step in for San­deep Lamich­hane while the leg-spin­ner is at the Bangladesh Premier League.

List man­ager Trent Wood­hill told the Stars’ of­fi­cial web­site: “It’s dis­ap­point­ing for Matt that he won’t be able to par­take in what would have been his first Big Bash sea­son. We’d like to wish Matt a speedy re­cov­ery.

“How­ever, in Plun­kett we have an ex­pe­ri­enced and suc­cess­ful white­ball bowler who has ex­celled for Eng­land and York­shire.”

Chetesh­war Pu­jara’s first cen­tury in Aus­tralia helped In­dia re­cover on the open­ing day of the first Test in Ade­laide.

On a day where it touched 40 de­grees at the Ade­laide Oval, Pu­jara pro­vided al­most half the runs in In­dia’s 250 for nine. Pu­jara made 123 from 246 balls be­fore be­ing run out to what proved to be the last ball of the day, stranded by a bril­liant di­rect hit from Pat Cum­mins.

In­dia had slumped to 41 for four, with some care­less bat­ting.

New Zealand spoiled Yasir Shah’s record-break­ing day as the Black Caps seized con­trol of the se­ries de­cider against Pak­istan.

An un­beaten fifth-wicket stand of 212 be­tween Kane Wil­liamson and Henry Ni­cholls took New Zealand to 272 for four – a lead of 198 head­ing into the fi­nal day of the third Test in Abu Dhabi.

Ear­lier, Pak­istan’s Yasir be­come the fastest bowler to 200 Test match wick­ets when dis­miss­ing Wil­liam Somerville.

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