Liam Livingstone surprisingly left out of England Lions 14-man squad for Australia tour
Liam Livingstone is a surprising omission from England’s 14-man roster for the Australia tour – but Dom Sibley, Matt Parkinson and Saqib Mahmood are all in
- Allrounder Liam Livingstone averages 38.36 . after 62 first-class matches
- But despite cherishing Test goals, the Lancashire man has been overlooked
- Matt Parkinson and Saqib Mahmood are in, because they missed the test crew
Liam Livingstone stood out for his absence from the England Lions squad who will shadow the seniors in Australia this winter when Dom Sibley got an Ashes lifeline.
While Matt Parkinson and Saqib Mahmood were part of a 14-strong party set to head down from England on the same day as the England testing specialists on November 4, their Lancashire team-mate Livingstone has been overlooked.
The all-rounder has had a fruitful summer with the bat and maintains his Test ambitions, averaging 38.36 after 62 first-class appearances, but it’s clear the omission clears him up to compete in Australia’s Big Bash League.
Liam Livingstone is the surprising omission of the England Lions squad touring Australia
The exclusion of Livingstone, leg spinner Parkinson and fast bowler Mahmood from the Ashes squad mentioned last week has been criticized by the likes of Sportsmail columnists Nasser Hussain and David Lloyd.
Parkinson, who took 102 first-class wickets at 11.35pm, and Mahmood, who could have given England more bowling firepower in the absence of Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes and Olly Stone, are at least part of the second series.
They could push their case to be upgraded to the main contingent in two matches within the squad, while there will also be a four-day game against Australia A on a date to be decided before a scheduled return home on December 16.
Lead-off hitter Sibley is also in the Lions party, having missed a central contract last week and being left out of the Ashes-squad after being eliminated in the summer after a prolonged lean form.
Sibley is one of four players capped at Test level to be called up by the Lions – the others being leg-break bowler Mason Crane and wicketkeeper batters Ben Foakes and James Bracey.
Dom Sibley selected despite struggles for England’s Test XI vs India this summer
Alex Lees is back six years after his last involvement with Lions, while another opener in Rob Yates is one of the additions to the England touring squad, with the 22-year-old southpaw from Warwickshire amassed five first-class centuries this year – the most in 2021 worldwide with the exception of Joe Root.
Yates, whose runs helped Warwickshire double the LV= Insurance County Championship and Bob Willis Trophy this year, plus Lancashire batter Josh Bohannon, Surrey wicket-keeper Jamie Smith and Bears Seamer Liam Norwell are ready for their first Lions experience this winter.
Brydon Carse, who was first introduced to international cricket in July when he helped England in a one-day clean sweep of Pakistan, fellow speedy Matthew Fisher and batter Tom Abell make up the rest of the group.
The England and Wales Cricket Board revealed that roster is conditional on all individuals ‘achieving Lions’ minimum fitness standards’. No captain has yet been appointed and coaching arrangements will be made in due course.
ENGLAND LIONS 14-MAN SQUAD FOR AUSTRALI TOUR
T Abell (Somerset), J Bohannon (Lancashire), J Bracey (Gloucestershire), B Carse (Durham), M Crane (Hampshire) M Fisher (Yorkshire), B Foakes (Surrey), A Lees (Durham), S Mahmood ( Lancashire), L Norwell (Warwickshire), M Parkinson (Lancashire), D Sibley (Warwickshire), J Smith (Surrey), R Yates (Warwickshire).