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World Cup star Plunkett misses out on England contract

LONDON (AP) — Two months after playing a key role in England's Cricket World Cup triumph, Liam Plunkett has missed out on getting a white-ball central contract for the 2019-20 season. "Disappointed is an understatement," the seamer said on Twitter soon after the news was announced.

The 34-year-old Plunkett took 11 wickets at 24.72, with England winning all seven matches when he was part of the side. Jofra Archer, another important part of the World Cup-winning team, was awarded both test and white-ball contracts for the first time. He was England's leading wicket-taker in the World Cup, before taking 22 wickets at an average of 20.27 in four tests against Australia in the Ashes.

Ten players received test contracts, including opener Rory Burns after cementing his spot in the side. Spinners Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid lost their central test contracts but are in a list of 12 to be handed white-ball deals.

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