Liam Livingstone in race against time to get fit for T20 World Cup 2022
Jos Buttler is set to return in England's team for Australia T20I matches.
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Team England might miss the services of their hard-hitting dasher Liam Livingstone in the upcoming 2022 T20 World Cup. The Three Lions are slated to face Australia in a three-match T20I series before starting its their campaign.
Meanwhile, England's permanent skipper Jos Buttler has confirmed that he will participate in the first T20I encounter against the Aussie side on October 9 (Sunday). Buttler also gave some information on Livingstone's injury and hoped that he gets fit before the T20 WC.
Hopefully, Livingstone will get back to full fitness before the start of the World Cup: Jos Buttler
"(He) is still a little way off at the minute so he's building back," Buttler said. Hopefully, he'll get back to full fitness before the start of the World Cup," he said. To note, Livingstone has not been seen in action since the last concluded The Hundred competition. The right-handed batter has been a top performer in the 20-over format and has entertained the crowd with his hitting capabilities.
Meanwhile, England's skipper has said that he could have played earlier but he wanted to be fully fit for the upcoming tournament. "I'm back to 100 percent," Buttler said on Saturday. Had a good time in Pakistan rehabbing, probably could have played earlier, but with the World Cup around the corner, it was the right thing to do."
With Buttler returning to the squad, one of England's openers including Alex Hales and Phil Salt would have to make way for the permanent skipper."We have great options at the top of the order with guys in really good form in Pakistan," Buttler said. "They're both excellent options. Whoever I partner with will have a great go at it."
England squad against Australia: Jos Buttler (c), Moeen Ali (vc), Phil Salt, Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Liam Livingstone, Harry Brook, Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley, Mark Wood