ngland breathes a sigh of relief upon learning that all-rounder Liam Livingstone is expected to be in good shape for his T20 World Cup campaign after leaving the field injured in Monday’s loss to India.
Livingstone was sent off in the 16th of the Indian innings after injuring a finger dropping Ishan Kishan as England succumbed to a seven-wicket defeat in Dubai.
Eoin Morgan is already without Sam Curran and Jofra Archer due to injuries, while Ben Stokes takes a break from the game to focus on his mental well-being while recovering from a broken finger.
England is optimistic, however, that Livingstone did not suffer the same fate, with the initial diagnosis suggesting nothing more than bruising.
His form has catapulted him from the fringes of England’s white ball squad to a certain starter as Morgan’s men look to add T20 World Cup glory to their 50-year-old triumph. two years.
As the 28-year-old stick grabbed the headlines, his bowling will be key to balancing the team as the third rotation option alongside Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid.
Before facing India, Livingstone had hit 30 out of 20 balls and threw two excellent overs, conceding just ten points and clinching the wicket of Virat Kohli.
Jonny Bairstow and Moeen also impressed in England’s middle order, the former falling within half a century, while the latter scored 43 unbeaten out of 20, hitting the last two balls of the innings for then six. that England established India 189 for victory, which they chased with an over to spare.
England will play a second warm-up game against New Zealand on Wednesday before starting their campaign against the West Indies on Saturday.