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Livingstone turns focus to First-Class cricket

Livingstone turns focus to First-Class cricket

The Lancashire all-rounder will not play in the IPL in order to focus on Specsavers County Championship cricket with Lancashire

Liam Livingstone will be available for the whole of Lancashire’s Specsavers County Championship and Vitality Blast campaigns after opting against playing in next year’s Indian Premier League (IPL).

The tournament coincides with the start of the English domestic season and the all-rounder has decided to focus on First-Class cricket for his county in the 2020 season.

He has mutually parted company with Rajasthan Royals, who he featured for four times in last year’s IPL, and will not enter the draft, which takes place in early December.

And he will therefore be available for the Red Rose during the early stages of the Specsavers County Championship season as the Club look for a strong start to life back in Division One, as well as in Vitality Blast.

The 26-year-old averaged over 46 in last year’s Specsavers County Championship Division Two campaign, with a high score of 114 against Leicestershire, and averages 41.61 across a 54-game First-Class career to date.

Livingstone said: “I loved the experience of playing in the IPL, but I have decided to put a renewed focus on First-Class cricket next summer. I am committed to improving my game in all formats and I still have hopes of playing Test cricket; the best way to achieve that is by impressing in Division One.

“I hugely enjoyed being part of the County Championship side last season. The lads played some exceptional red ball cricket and I am optimistic about what we can achieve together moving forward.”

Speaking about Livingstone’s decision, Director of Cricket Paul Allott said: “To have Liam available for the start of the season is welcome news. He is a senior member of the changing room and undoubtedly improves our side in First-Class cricket.

“With an enhanced focus on Specsavers County Championship cricket in the early months of the 2020 season, we need to ensure we hit the ground running on our return to what will be a competitive Division One. Liam’s availability will help us to achieve this.”

 
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