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I’m a lot more assured with my red-ball game – Livingstone CricBuzz Live

I’m a lot more assured with my red-ball game – Livingstone CricBuzz Live

ENGLAND IN NEW ZEALAND, 2018

Last updated on Fri, 12 Jan, 2018, 12:07 AM

Livingstone was recently named Lancashire captain.Livingstone was recently named Lancashire captain. © Getty
Liam Livingstone, the newly appointed Lancashire captain, has said that he is ready to face the challenges of red-ball cricket after being named in the England Test squad for the tour of New Zealand in March. The squad also includes wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Foakes.
Livingstone replaces Gary Ballance, who was axed following the 4-0 defeat in Australia. Livingstone has represented England in Twenty20 Internationals (T20I) when he appeared for a couple of games against South Africa in July 2017. The right-hander had a poor dose of international cricket as he accumulated only 16 runs in two innings.
However, time spent with the England Lions squad has given Livingstone the opportunity to impress the selectors and now he claims to be ready to take the plunge in the longer format of the game.
“The Twenty20 was a good experience for me, but my red-ball game is totally different,” he said on Thursday (January 11). “I’m a lot more assured with my red-ball game than I am in T20 cricket so I’ll definitely go into the environment with a lot more confidence in my ability to perform, which will help me. It will be nice to get in and around that and hopefully show what I can do.”
Livingstone travelled to Australia with the Lions side and has opted to spend a second winter with the squad instead of playing T20 leagues around the world. “I spoke to Andy Flower about this at the start of the winter,” he added.
“My ultimate goal is to play Test cricket for England, and going to Australia with the Lions was the best way to give myself the best chance of doing that.
“I could have tried to play T20 cricket around the world, but I still don’t see that as the strongest part of my game. I wanted to work on different areas of my red-ball game, and I was able to do that for our first two weeks in Brisbane.”
The 24-year-old will spend some time with the Lancashire squad before joining England Lions and Andy Flower at the Desert Springs Resort in Spain for a short warm-weather camp before they visit the Caribbean to play against the Windies A side.
“Being picked for the squad is great, but I know there’s a lot more work to do to earn a place in the team,” said Livingstone, “That work carries on in Desert Springs and then the West Indies where hopefully I can score some runs and push my case for selection in New Zealand.
“Obviously the England team have had a tough Ashes, everyone knows that. But I’m sure everybody will be excited going into a new series, and I know it’s a very talented group of players. I’m just looking forward to getting in amongst it,” he concluded.

 

Updated: January 12, 2018 — 7:53 am
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