Liam Livingstone
Liam Livingstone

ENG vs IND 2022: Liam Livingstone, England’s white-ball specialist said he is feeling mesmerized by the speed of the ongoing Test against India at Edgbaston. Liam Livingstone, who is yet to play Test cricket, expressed his views on his official Twitter account.

England, chasing a stiff 378 for victory to level the five-Test series, has got off to a solid start on day four of the final Test. The home team began their run-chase after bowling India out for only 245 after the tourists resumed their innings on 125-3 at the start of the day. Skipper Ben Stokes took four scalps to keep India’s lead to 377 after they had looked on track to go ahead by over 450.

Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes (Credits: Twitter)

ENG vs IND 2022: Alex Lees, Joe Root, And Jonny Bairstow’s 50s See England On Track To Win 5th Test

Openers Alex Lees and Zak Crawley started England’s steep chase in an imperious manner by stitching together an opening stand of 107. However, India hit back with three quick wickets, with visiting stand-in captain Jasprit Bumrah getting Zak Crawley and Ollie Pope out either side of tea.

Alex Lees, who scored a pristine half-century, was involved in a horrible mix-up with Joe Root and was run out. Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow have weathered the storm to keep England on course.

England is on the cusp of pulling off a record chase at the venue as they finished 259-3 at stumps and need 119 more for a win on Day 5. Jonny Bairstow, who scored a blistering hundred in the first innings, is in the scheme of things again, adding an unbeaten 150 with Joe Root. The pair are unbeaten on 72 and 76, respectively. An England victory would deny India their first series win on English soil since 2007.

Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow
Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow (Credits: Twitter)

England won the toss and inserted the opposition, reducing them to 98-5 at one stage. But centuries from Ravindra Jadeja and Rishabh Pant, followed by Jasprit Bumrah’s cameo, propelled the visitors to 416 in the first essay. England had made a paltry 284 in response. Rishabh Pant, who made a blistering 111-ball 146 in the first innings, scored 57 in the second.

Liam Livingstone Has Been In Sublime Form In Limited Overs Cricket For England

Liam Livingstone, who has played 6 ODIs and 17 T20Is will feature in the limited-overs series against India, starting with the first T20I on July 7th. The spin-bowling all-rounder has been in sublime form with the bat of late. He recently smashed the fastest ODI fifty (off 17 balls) by an Englishman against the Netherlands at Amstelveen.

ENG vs IND 2022: Liam Livingstone is one of the most destructive batters. (Image Credits: Getty)
Liam Livingstone is one of the most destructive batters. (Image Credits: Getty)

Liam Livingstone was one of the most expensive players in the IPL 2022 mega auction, fetching INR 11.5 crore from Punjab Kings, and he lived up to expectations. The 28-year-old scored 437 runs at a strike rate of 182.08 in 14 games, averaging 36.41. He had only managed 112 runs in nine innings between 2019 and 2021.

Liam Livingstone twitted: “Test cricket in fast forward how good is this.”

English squad for T20I series: Jos Buttler (captain, wk), Moeen Ali, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Richard Gleeson, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Tymal Mills, Matthew Parkinson, Jason Roy, Phil Salt, Reece Topley, David Willey.

English squad for the ODI series: Jos Buttler (captain, wk), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Harry Brook, Brydon Carse, Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone, Craig Overton, Matthew Parkinson, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Phil Salt, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, David Willey.