With Eoin Morgan and Sam Billings ruled out of the 2nd ODI against India, Liam Livingstone will get an opportunity to represent England for the first time in ODIs. In a video shared by the ECB, Livingstone can be seen relishing the prospect of playing against one of the best teams in the world.
“They played some really good cricket this series and at the back end of the T20I series and the ODI. It is a great chance for me to test myself against one of the best teams in the world,” Livingstone said.
Livingstone was selected for the India tour on the back of some fine performances in the Big Bash League. However, he was overlooked in the T20I series and the first ODI. But now, with Eoin Morgan and Sam Billings not available for selection, Livingstone will get the first taste of ODI cricket. Livingstone was hopeful that the injured duo will recover before the IPL.
“It is obviously not nice to see teammates getting injured but fingers crossed they are not quite serious as they could have been so. Speedy recovery for them too, hopefully, they will be back before the IPL,” Livingstone added.
The destructive left hander has represented England in two T20Is and his last appearance came against South Africa in 2017. England is a class ODI outfit and have a packed limited over squad and Livingstone admitted that making a cut into the England team is no easy feat.
"It is not just any other team that you are trying to get into, the team is world champion and probably the best white-ball side in the world at the moment. So, it is not something that you just walk-in to and I guess being around the group makes you more familiar and comfortable. I really enjoyed my time being around the group even though I’ve not been playing. Now, it is my turn to go and perform for England," Livingstone said.
Livingstone was in red hot form in the Big Bash League and played a crucial role in Perth Scorcher’s journey to the final. He ended the season with 426 runs at a strike rate of 133.96. Ahead of the 2nd ODI, Liam Livingstone admitted that he’s aiming for a place in England’s World Cup squads.
“Anytime you get an opportunity, it is up to you to take. There are two World Cups coming so really exciting cricket coming up for England and hopefully, I can take my chance,” he concluded.