Liam Livingstone - My red-ball game is totally different

Henrietta Brewer
January 14, 2018

The 24-year-old said in quotes on "The Twenty20 was a good experience for me, but my red-ball game is totally different".

"Obviously the England team have had a tough Ashes, everyone knows that".

Hales could be involved for the first time since being suspended for his involvement in an incident in Bristol in September, which saw team-mate Ben Stokes arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm.

Liam Plunkett insists England's one-day specialists have no reason to be cowed by Australia's Ashes success.

Morgan stopped short of stating what England's line-up will be in Melbourne, but indicated Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy and Alex Hales could all play. I could have tried to play T20 cricket around the world, but I still don't see that as the strongest part of my game. We have done that a bit with the bat, we will try and continue taking wickets with the ball.

National selector James Whitaker hailed Livingstone's impact over the past two years, and said of his selection: "Liam has been a player that we have been impressed with for quite some time, having performed well in the county system with Lancashire and over the past couple of years with the England Lions".

Meanwhile, Morgan handed out his support for under-fire England coach Trevor Bayliss. "He signed a contract until 2019 and has always said the same thing".

Their only options, if they were to sack him, would be to do so at the end of this winter (to do so next summer would surely be a risk too far in respect of those World Cup aspirations) or else go down the split coaching route and have a separate head of the Test team, a path that the governing body are understood to be reluctant to take.

From an Australia perspective, the build-up to the series has been dominated by debate over a player not in the team.

Australia will be without Josh Hazlewood, who has been rested for the game in Melbourne, with AJ Tye, Jhye Richardson and Adam Zampa competing to replace him while Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Marsh and Cameron White are battling it out for two middle-order slots.

The innings came just over two weeks after the nephew of former Australian all-rounder Ian Harvey had hit 136 off 130 balls against a Pakistan under-19s squad.

Since the World Cup, Australia have bowled sides out in 21 of their 50 matches, compared to 17 in 53 for Morgan's side.

In 2006-07, England were whitewashed 5-0 but went on to win the tri-series involving Australia and New Zealand.

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