Livingstone joins Buttler in England T20 squad
Livingstone joins Buttler in England IT20 squad
Liam Livingstone has been named in the England squad for the three-match NatWest IT20 series against South Africa starting at the Ageas Bowl on Wednesday June 21 2017, alongside fellow Red Rose team-mate Jos Buttler.
Livingstone, who only made his First Class debut at the start of last season, has impressed for the England Lions in the last twelve months or so. The 23 year-old hit two centuries against Sri Lanka A over the winter before hitting 129 (from 83 balls) against South Africa A last week at Wantage Road.
There are six changes from the squad that finished the series in India in February. Moeen Ali, Jake Ball, Adil Rashid, Joe Root and Ben Stokes are rested and will play for their respective counties in the inaugural day-night round of the Specsavers County Championship starting on Monday June 26. Sussex fast bowler Tymal Mills has been ruled out through a back injury.
The squad includes five players who have yet to be capped at this level – although Middlesex opener Dawid Malan, Surrey’s Tom Curran and Somerset’s Craig Overton have previously been included in England squads.
Like Lancashire’s Liam Livingstone, they have been consistently impressive for England Lions over the last 12 months or more, while Hampshire leg-spinner Mason Crane is called up after impressing in the North-South Series in March, and also during an ECB Overseas Placement in Sydney last winter, when he became the first overseas player since 1985 to represent New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield.
Chairman of Selectors James Whitaker said: “The IT20 series against South Africa presents us with an opportunity to incorporate several players who have come through the talent pathway into the senior group. The squad has an exciting blend of youth and experience and we are looking forward to a competitive series against strong opposition.
“With five uncapped players selected, there is undoubted talent coming through the system and we are excited to see some of these players showcase their skills at the highest level.
“Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Tom Curran and Craig Overton have impressed for the England Lions over the past 12 months and have transferred their skills across all formats, in particular with their respective counties.
England IT20 Squad:
Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire) – Available for the first two matches of the series.
Sam Billings (Kent)
Jos Buttler (Lancashire)
Mason Crane (Hampshire)
Tom Curran (Surrey)
Liam Dawson (Hampshire)
Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire)
Chris Jordan (Sussex)
Liam Livingstone (Lancashire)
Dawid Malan (Middlesex)
Eoin Morgan (Middlesex) Captain
Craig Overton (Somerset) – Available for the last two matches of the series.
Liam Plunkett (Yorkshire)
Jason Roy (Surrey)
David Willey (Yorkshire)
Mark Wood (Durham) – Available for the first match of the series.
First NatWest IT20, England v South Africa, Wednesday June 21, Ageas Bowl, Southampton, (6.30pm BST)
Second NatWest IT20, England v South Africa, Friday June 23, The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton, (5.00pm BST)
Third NatWest IT20, England v South Africa, Sunday June 25, The SSE SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff (2.30pm BST)
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