England have been plagued with injury concerns in the run up to the Ashes, particularly in the bowling department.
Steven Finn, Jake Ball and Moeen Ali have all had problems ahead of the Test opener in Brisbane on November 23, leading to Tom Curran and George Garton being drafted in as cover.
However, former England internationals Phil Tufnell and Michael Vaughan are astounded Trevor Bayliss has overlooked Yorkshire bowler Liam Plunkett.
And the pair claimed the 32-year-old’s experience could be just what Joe Root’s side need as they look to defend the Ashes Down Under.
“Why didn’t they take Plunkett?” Tufnell said on BBC’s Tuffers and Vaughan Cricket Show.
“He’s 32 and has all that experience – they could have told him to go out there and bowl 90mph and give it a slog at number nine.”
“I can’t believe they’ve overlooked him three times now for this series.” Vaughan added.
“I don’t know, I don’t know what he’s done wrong.
“They don’t fancy him… he got nine wickets in his last Test match, he got injured and he’s not been seen since so they clearly don’t fancy him.
“When Ball went down [in England’s second warm-up match] I was worried and thought if someone else goes down, Curran will play – that can’t be right.”
Speaking about overlooking Plunkett this week, Bayliss said: “Plunkett missed the last game in the BPL with a slight hamstring strain so it’s down to Garton or Josh Tongue, who were both coming out with the Lions.
“Garton will join us for the Townsville game then go back to the Lions camp. The Lions will come to some of our training sessions in Brisbane or Perth.”