Liam Livingstone optimistic about rediscovering form for England at T20 World Cup
Liam Livingstone is optimistic about rediscovering the exceptional form that marked him as a must-watch over the summer after his streak of low scoring with the bat continued in the Cup opener of the T20 world in England.
The Cumbrian led the way in the counties season, registering the fastest century on record in England with just 42 balls before a standout run of innings in the inaugural edition of The Hundred, packed with six highlights.
He hit a bump in the Indian Premier League with four single-digit scores in five strokes and made just one against the West Indies in Dubai on Saturday before slow left arm Akeal Hosein made a sensational catch in the diving.
It didn’t matter as England won their first Super 12 game with ease and Livingstone accepts that his about-face fortune is part of the T20’s whims, but he indicated on Monday that he hopes his luck will change soon.
âI am working as hard as ever off the pitch,â he said. âI had another really good training session today and things feel like they’re going back to where they were this summer.
“I hope I can take that in the next two games.
âIn T20 cricket you can’t go too high and you can’t go too low.
âThe great thing I said to myself this summer was that things were going great, but it wasn’t like I had finished cricket. I knew things could change very quickly as they did at IPL.
âI found the IPL really difficult and I guess it’s more for getting used to different conditions and maybe little tweaks in your technique that creep up after a break of a few weeks. But I had a great summer.
“I brought a lot of confidence from the summer and I still have a lot in store.”
England, who face Bangladesh on Wednesday, crushed the Windies as the reigning champions were blown away for a meager 55 in 14.2 overs, with Eoin Morgan’s side winning by six wickets and 70 balls to resell.
At the same location in Dubai, 24 hours later, tournament-favorite India suffered an ignominious 10-wicket loss to rival Pakistani, who claimed their first World Cup victory – in 50 overs or T20 – against his neighbors during the 13th attempt.
âI wouldn’t say these are shocking results, I just think it shows T20 cricket at the moment anyone can beat anyone,â Livingstone said. âIt just shows that you have to be fair in your game and that you shouldn’t take a game lightly.
âWhen you have the tag as your favorite or whatever it really doesn’t mean anything when you step on the pitch, there are so many match winners in all the teams. “
News of Ben Stokes’ late inclusion in England’s Ashes squad, declaring himself ready to return to competitive cricket after a long hiatus to focus on his mental well-being and fully recover from a finger injury , was a major topic of discussion on Monday.
Stokes will join the test specialists and the additional Lions team on the plane to Australia on November 4, with those from the Gulf joining them after this tournament.
âI know the guys have talked about it here and it’s really nice to see Ben come back to cricket,â Livingstone added.
âHaving Ben around a group is great.
âI have played cricket with Ben a lot over the past couple of years and just having him in an environment is a huge boost for any team, especially to be part of a massive streak like the Ashes, it will be great for the guys to have Ben around.