ngland are breathing a sigh of relief at the news that all-rounder Liam Livingstone is expected to be fit for their T20 World Cup campaign after leaving the field injured during Monday’s warm-up defeat by India.
Livingstone was forced off in the 16th over of the Indian innings after hurting a finger while dropping Ishan Kishan as England succumbed to a seven-wicket defeat in Dubai.
Eoin Morgan is already without Sam Curran and Jofra Archer because of injuries, while Ben Stokes is taking a break from the game to focus on his mental wellbeing while also recovering from a broken finger.
England are optimistic, however, that Livingstone has not suffered the same fate, with the initial diagnosis suggesting no more than bruising.
His form has catapulted him from the fringes of England’s white-ball squad to a certain starter as Morgan’s men look to add T20 World Cup glory to their 50-over triumph of two years ago.
While the 28-year-old’s batting has grabbed headlines, his bowling will be vital to balancing the side as a third spinning option alongside Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid.
Before going off against India, Livingstone had struck 30 off 20 balls and bowled two excellent overs, conceding just ten runs and picking up the wicket of Virat Kohli.
Jonny Bairstow and Moeen also impressed in England’s middle-order, the former falling one run short of a half-century, while the latter scored an unbeaten 43 off 20, hitting the final two balls of the innings for six as England set India 189 for victory, which they chased down with an over to spare.
England play a second warm-up game against New Zealand on Wednesday before starting their campaign against West Indies on Saturday.