What comes as a setback to England ahead of T20 World Cup, batsman Liam Livingstone is uncertain for upcoming group stage matches. He suffered a finger injury while fielding against India in Dubai. He tried to pull off a catch of Ishan Kishan off Chris Jordan in the leg side. He couldn’t see the ball under lights at the ICC Academy. He left the field with pain with a slight swelling seen on the left hand of his little finger.
Sam Billings joined England to field as a substitute. As per a report from ESPNCricinfo, a medical report will be shared within 24 hours.
A bad sight for England.
Liam Livingstone leaves the field with what looks like an injured finger. #T20WorldCup2021 pic.twitter.com/4AOxrGT09f
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) October 18, 2021
Livingstone smacked 20-ball 30 that featured 4 boundaries and a six. He also returned with 1/10. The allrounder is crucial to England as a swashbuckling batsman in the middle order and ability to contribute in the bowling department as a spinner.
Livingstone has featured in only 8 T20Is for England. He was their go to batsman against Sri Lanka and Pakistan at home. He played at a strike rate of 160+ with an impressive average of 54. Even though he failed to emulate his success in IPL, Livingstone remains key to England’s success in T20 World Cup.
His absence could cause a selection dilemma for England ahead of their opener against defending champions West Indies. The three lions have already are already without Sam Curran who got injured during IPL 2021 and subsequently ruled out of the tournament.