'I'm a lot more assured in red-ball cricket' - Livingstone

Elias Hubbard
January 14, 2018

While training with the Lions in Queensland, Livingstone was able to attend the first day of the Ashes at the Gabba, an experience which heightened his desire to play Test cricket.

The Australian, who has announced that he is standing down as England coach once his contract expires after next year's Ashes, was recruited in 2015 with an eye firmly on the 2016 World T20, last year's Champions Trophy and next year's World Cup.

The 28-year-old's figures of 0-68 do not tell the story of a performance which showcased genuine speed, a commodity England's bowling sorely lacked during their 4-0 Ashes humbling.

At the age of 24, Livingstone is widely regarded as one of the most naturally talented batsmen in English cricket, and was appointed as Lancashire captain in the off season, taking over from Steven Croft.

But Taylor says the one-day side are better placed than the Test team to cope without Stokes, who was replaced in the squad by Malan, England's leading run-scorer in the Ashes. "It's not often you get free rein and ambition to be adventurous as you like".

England's five-match one-day series against Australia gets underway on Sunday with a tussle in Melbourne.

England finally has something to smile about after ending a 61-day run without a win and Moeen Ali enjoying his best day of the tour so far in their one-day warm-up match.

Steve Smith later said that while Australia's XI was yet to be settled, Warner should be fine to play.

"Trevor Bayliss doesn't say a lot, but what he does say, everybody listens to and takes on board".

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

Smith and Maxwell are reportedly not seeing eye to eye. With Maxwell axed and Big Bash League star Chris Lynn injured, veteran batsman Cameron White has been recalled and is in contention to play on his home ground.

Smith said the meeting would "remain private" and maintained Maxwell's underperforming recent record at the worldwide level was behind his controversial axing.

"I can not believe Glenn Maxwell is not in this Australia squad", said Taylor. "That's a big reason (Maxwell's subpar global form) why he is not here at the moment. we need those runs in the middle and it's crucial that we find them".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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