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Livingstone out to impress for England Lions

Livingstone out to impress for England Lions

Liam Livingstone is aiming to impress the England selectors in Sri Lanka ahead of the first four-day match against Sri Lanka A tomorrow in Kandy.

The Cumbrian, who hit his maiden First Class century against Somerset last year, will bat in the middle order for the England Lions tomorrow after hitting 84 in the warm-up game earlier in the week.

Livingstone said, “It was a good warm-up game for everyone. For me to get runs, a couple of catches and even a wicket was a big plus going into the first game against Sri Lanka A.

Livingstone, usually known for his batting, also picked up a wicket (1/23) in the warm-up game and has said that’s a part of the game he’s looking to improve.

“It’s something else I can hopefully bring to the team. I’ve been working on it a fair bit over the winter, bowling both off and leg spin. It’s good fun out here, the ball spins out of the rough – who knows, maybe I can chip in with a few wickets and help with the ball as well as the bat.

Livingstone will feature in the England Lions side alongside fellow team-mate Haseeb Hameed who made his Test debut against India before Christmas. The 23 year-old wants to impress the England selectors with more runs against Sri Lanka A this week.

“Everyone’s in the same boat, trying to push your way into the England team. But we’re here as England Lions to win a series against Sri Lanka A – and the best way of impressing selectors is putting in performances that win games.

“It’s going to be tough – they’re playing in their own conditions, but it’s up to us to be able to adapt. As long as we perform to our potential, then I think we’ve got a pretty strong side to be able to compete with them out here.”

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