The 'charm of luck' Liam Plunkett looks at the glory of the World Cup in England
BIRMINGHAM: the lucky charm of England Liam Plunkett he hopes he can work his World Cup magic once again when the hosts face New Zealand with a place in the semi-final game.
The victory of both sides in Chester-le-Street on Wednesday would assure them a place in the last four and leave the losers sweating for results elsewhere.
| The experienced Plunkett justified his retirement from the World Cup with a return of 3 to 55 in the victory of 31 races of England over the undefeated India in Edgbaston on Sunday, with his tour including the precious wicket of virat Kohli .
England desperately needed to win after the consecutive defeats of Sri Lanka and the current champions Australia.
Plunkett missed both games, as well as a previous defeat in the group stage against Pakistan, which means that he is the only one of the 13 players that England has used so far in the World Cup that remains undefeated.
It's good to have that (undefeated streak), but I think that's how it worked, said Plunkett, who returned to Birmingham instead of Moeen Ali. If I play with luck I can make a difference.
He added: People know that if you're not playing, obviously you're frustrated, it's about not showing it. How can you go back to the team? When playing bowling in practice.
Even though I am 34 years old, can I work on something else tomorrow that I can help on the line?
Plunkett may not have the gross speed of Jofra Archer of Mark Wood, but he has often been entrusted with the difficult job of bowling in between, using variations in the pace and delivery angle to achieve success.
Kohli is not the only world-class hitter fired by Plunkett in the World Cup, with his previous victims, including Hashim Amla of South Africa and Chris Gayle of the West Indies.
I do not have the ability to enter and launch rockets all the time like Jofra or Woody, said Plunkett. Some days I feel good with the rhythm and others less, but I'm still good enough to pick up land.
Wednesday's match will make Plunkett return to the Durham headquarters, the county where his career began.
It's an amazing journey I've been on and to think that if you win three cricket games, you win the World Cup. This team is capable of doing just that.
But nobody is celebrating like crazy. We know we have to go and win the next game and get the momentum. It's good that we had our kick in the back.