Sunday, 21 January, 2018

England beats Cricket Australia XI by 5 wickets in warmup

Joe Root looks on exasperated during the Fifth Test of the Ashes series
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Ryan Pierse  Getty Images Joe Root looks on exasperated during the Fifth Test of the Ashes series Credit Ryan Pierse Getty Images
Kristopher Love | 13 January, 2018, 07:37

Inclusion in the squad for New Zealand is vindication for Livingstone's decision to spend a second winter away with the Lions rather than exploring the range of short-term T20 stints now available through the English winter. "He's learned his lesson coming back into the side and being given another chance to prove his skills are as good and he can play global cricket at a good level".

"There were some balls where I felt in control of the game and felt pretty confident", Harvey said.

"It's something that I haven't coped well with in the past when I've not been quite 100 per cent", he said.

On paper he contributed little to the five-wicket win over a Cricket Australia XI, a game which serves as the only hit out before the series proper begins in Melbourne on Sunday, yet figures of nought for 68 tell only half a tale.

The Lions training camp also gave Livingstone a close-up view of Ashes cricket in Australia - including attending the first day of the first Test at the 'Gabba.

"I'm desperate to play for England but there are probably a couple of games I played in the past when I shouldn't have and that has damaged my reputation with coaches and selectors".

"So whatever is thrown at me, I feel like I'm confident enough to play my shots no matter what the standard".

Past year in September, Alex Hales was also suspended for final two one-day Internationals and still faces an England & Wales Cricket Board Cricket Disciplinary Commission hearing, which is due to take place once the Crown Prosecution Service decides its next steps with regards to Stokes.

"It will be a different prospect playing Test cricket in England in the summer again".

The 24-year-old will spend some time with the Lancashire squad before joining England Lions and Andy Flower at the Desert Springs Resort in Spain for a short warm-weather camp before they visit the Caribbean to play against the Windies A side.

Livingstone believes that for him and also Ben Foakes and Mason Crane, who have also been included in England's squad for New Zealand, the chance to play four-day cricket against West Indies A will represent flawless preparation for the tour. "He knows what he did was wrong", Morgan said.

"Obviously the England team have had a tough Ashes, everyone knows that". I'm just another umpire.