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Liam Livingstone reveals he wants to follow Ben Stokes on England test team

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There couldn’t be a greater contrast between the resumption of the IPL and the climax of the County Championship, but one man will play an integral part in one while keeping a close eye on the other.

Liam Livingstone is a key figure, in the absence of Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes, for the Rajasthan Royals as the richest and glitziest franchise tournaments return.

But on Tuesday he will be equally invested in the more traditional setting of Aigburth in Liverpool, where his Lancashire side can only take their second championship title, outright, in the last 87 years with a win over Hampshire.

Liam Livingstone has revealed he has ambitions to play test cricket with England in the future

“I watch the live stream when I’m not playing,” said Livingstone of Dubai as he prepares for Rajasthan’s first match in the IPL’s return against Punjab Kings. “It’s a huge opportunity for Lancashire to do something really special.

“I saw recently that it’s been ten years since we last won the championship and it’s a really good time to be a Lancashire player. I’m their biggest fan when I’m gone and try to follow the guys as much as possible. I’m following this week.’

Lancashire, in the modern franchise-heavy world, had to do without Livingstone after his white-ball summer breakout in which he made his way to the England Twenty20 side in time for next month’s World Cup and made a huge impact on the inaugural Hundred.

Livingstone, one of the world's most exciting white-ball stars, has impressed for the T20 team

Livingstone, one of the world’s most exciting white-ball stars, has impressed for the T20 team

The Cumbria is undisputedly the white balster of the summer.

It means that at the age of 28 he has finally delivered on the huge potential that came to a halt four years ago after two disappointing T20 internationals and a stint as Lancashire captain that ended in relegation from the First Division in 2018.

“I could never have hoped that things would go as well at the start of the summer as they have now, but the little taste I had with England in India last winter was when I thought, ‘I actually belong on this level,” Livingstone said. Sports post. “It really helped me to go into the summer with that confidence.

“I had an opportunity in 2017 and didn’t take it, but maybe that was the kick I needed to say, ‘I’ve had a good year and I’ve managed to get into an England squad, but it’s it went too well. That’s fine. Time to reset and move on.”

Livingstone will keep an eye on Lancashire as they try to claim the County Championship title

Livingstone will keep an eye on Lancashire as they try to claim the County Championship title

“Since then I’ve worked really hard and traveled the world trying to improve my game and improve myself as a person. Even my experience as a Lancashire captain helped with that. It was a huge privilege, but it was just something I struggled with. I was probably too young and didn’t really know how to deal with people.

“I’m definitely a better person and player to do it and I think I always felt that work and the experiences I’ve had would pay off. It has this summer.’

Spectacular, as Livingstone has made it impossible for the star-studded T20 side of England to let him out – particularly when he hit the fastest England 100 in any form against Pakistan at Trent Bridge and when he crushed some the biggest could have been six of all time on the new Emerald Stand in Headingley.

“I was so engrossed in my attempt to win the game that I had no idea I had hit 100,” said Livingstone of that 42-ball century. “I remember hitting a six and suddenly seeing the scoreboard and realizing I was there. It was a proud moment, especially when you look at some of the lads who played cricket for England.

Lancashire, in the modern franchise-heavy world, had to live without Livingstone (above)

Lancashire, in the modern franchise-heavy world, had to live without Livingstone (above)

“It will probably be a turning point in my career for me too. Then I really realized that I could perform at the highest level. You always have a little doubt in the back of your mind and if you do it you will get rid of that monkey and you can enjoy your cricket. It was a very special day, but it was very disappointing that we didn’t win.’

Then there was that six in Leeds who flew over the three-piece stand into the rugby field and was measured at 122 metres. It was so big it needed Google Maps to capture where it ended. “I remember hitting it and thinking, ‘That could be in the top class, it’s quite big,'” Livingstone said. “Then it just kept going.

“I get tagged in it on social media all the time, so it’s something I’ll be reminded of. I have fond memories of Headingley this year. Lancashire boys don’t always get the best welcome there, so it was nice.’

It wasn’t just England that Livingstone made his mark as he hit 27 sixes for Birmingham Phoenix and became the MVP of the first hundred. The new tournament made a big impression on him.

Livingstone hit 27 sixes for Birmingham Phoenix and also became the MVP of the first 100

Livingstone hit 27 sixes for Birmingham Phoenix and also became the MVP of the first 100

“The biggest thing I’ve seen this year is the number of kids who now want to play cricket or really enjoy watching it,” he said.

“That’s what the Hundred is all about. The most unusual thing was that kids came up to me and told me they liked watching me in the Hundred and wanted to bat like me. That’s the coolest thing that came out this summer. The Hundred was great to play in and can only get stronger.”

Livingstone is now one of the best and most exciting white-ball players in the world, but traditionalists will be happy to hear that a man who has averaged 38 in first-class cricket after 62 appearances for Lancashire at 700 for Lancashire still has great red-ball ambitions. .

With the ability to be a true all-rounder bowling off and leg spin, Livingstone could even fill a Stokes-sized pair of shoes on the England test team.

With the ability to be a true all-rounder, Livingston could fill a pair of Ben Stokes-sized shoes

With the ability to be a true all-rounder, Livingston could fill a pair of Ben Stokes-sized shoes

“It’s something I’m not giving up and hopefully I’ll get time to work on it,” he said. “It was nice to hear people like Shane Warne and Kevin Pietersen say that I could play test cricket this summer because they were two of my heroes.

Test cricket is still the pinnacle of our sport and it’s what everyone dreams of growing up. I’d like to play test cricket sometime.’

You wouldn’t bet he would.

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