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Liam Plunkett thrilled to be top of tree at Yorkshire
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.
Plunkett only played three LV= County Championship matches for Durham in 2011 and 2012 and 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, 28, 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 County Championship with 28 victims 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 tomorrow’s clash with Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
He was then 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, 28-year-old Plunkett 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.
“I have a feeling that we will win it. 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.”