Liam Livingstone in doubt for T20 World Cup opener after injuring finger in warm-up match

Liam Livingstone in doubt for T20 World Cup opener after injuring finger in warm-up match

Allrounder left field at some stage in England’s seven-wicket defeat to India, shall be assessed in 24 hours

  • Matt Roller

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Liam Livingstone left the field with a finger fracture  ICC/Getty Photos

Liam Livingstone is a minor doubt for England’s opening fixture of the men’s T20 World Cup in opposition to West Indies on Saturday after struggling a finger fracture at some stage in their first warm-up match in opposition to India in Dubai.

Livingstone used to be injured whereas shedding a employ at deep midwicket at some stage in England’s seven-wicket defeat, when Ishan Kishan pulled Chris Jordan into the leg facet. Livingstone appeared to lose the ball within the lights – which weren’t as sparkling as in most internationals, with the sport performed at the ICC Academy Ground in Dubai – and precise now regarded in danger, with swelling visible on the dinky finger of his left hand.

He left the field alongside England’s physio, with Sam Billings coming on as a change fielder, and took no extra fragment within the match. An England spokesperson stated that the fracture would possibly maybe well be assessed “in [the] subsequent 24 hours” as soon as the swelling had gone down. In the brief time duration, he appears no longer really to play a fragment in Wednesday’s warm-up match in opposition to Unique Zealand in Abu Dhabi.

Moeen Ali, who lifted England to a competitive 188 for 5 thanks to an innings of 43 no longer out off 20 balls, performed down the dispute. “I beget he’s alright,” he stated. “I beget it is accurate bruising on the wait on of the hand but I beget he’ll be intellectual.

“Clearly it used to be somewhat of a alarm at the time but he stated it used to be intellectual, so confidently he’s all accurate. He’s an awfully good player – he’s been taking part in if truth be told effectively at some stage within the final couple of years. Expectantly he can lift that create into the World Cup and I beget love it is going be a mountainous stage for him.”

Livingstone had earlier hit 30 off 20 balls in conjunction with four fours and a straight six from No. 5, forward of taking 1 for 10 in his two overs in conjunction with the wicket of Virat Kohli. He’s without a doubt one of England’s three spin choices of their World Cup squad and yet again displayed his versatility with the ball, in most cases bowling legbreaks to India’s accurate-handers and offbreaks to their left-handers.

His fracture would possibly maybe well simply imply England steer obvious of attending to safe a complicated resolution decision sooner than their opening fixture of the match. They opted to leisure Eoin Morgan on Monday, who will return to the facet as captain, and with Jason Roy, Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow all sure to inaugurate, they’d beget to hurry over without a doubt one of Livingstone, Moeen or Dawid Malan, or trade the balance of their facet by shedding a seamer in expose to accommodate him.

Livingstone has handiest performed eight T20 internationals but this would be a prime blow to England if his fracture proves to be serious. He used to be the standout brief-create batter within the English summer season, averaging 54.46 and striking at 167.41 in 20 innings at some stage in England’s T20I series in opposition to Sri Lanka and Pakistan, the Hundred and the T20 Blast. Without reference to a lean bustle within the IPL for Rajasthan Royals, he gives a crucial all-spherical option within the squad, no longer least with Ben Stokes and Sam Curran both lacking the World Cup.

Moeen, within the meantime, persevered from the set he had left off within the IPL, having hit 37 no longer out off 20 balls in Chennai Good Kings’ victory in opposition to Morgan’s Kolkata Knight Riders in Friday’s closing, and stated that he had been intriguing to wait on his bustle of create going. “Eoin requested me if I was tickled to play or if I needed to play this game, inflamed about we handiest accurate performed the different day,” he stated. “I beget love I am taking part in effectively, so I needed to wait on taking part in. I beget Eoin will attain wait on within the next game.”

Moeen used to be a key man for Chennai with the bat, averaging 25.50 and striking at 137.30 whereas in most cases batting at No. 3 or 4. He stated that he had “loved” the responsibility he had been given with the bat, but conceded that with England’s top-expose energy, he would possibly maybe well simply no longer beget this kind of clearly outlined position within the World Cup.

“I fully loved it,” he stated. “Clearly whereas you happen to lift a rivals love the IPL it is fabulous and with the position I was given, I felt love I was reasonably crucial to the workforce. I am accurate grateful that I performed and did reasonably necessary for them. As a workforce I thought we had been ample – we had ample fun. I felt love I learned loads with the skilled gamers that we had.

“The reality [is that] there are so necessary of accurate gamers, within the occasion you study about at the workforce we [England] beget and the batters that we beget – it is reasonably provoking, if truth be told. My position would possibly maybe well trade but the accurate thing is I beget love I’m succesful of also play any form of position. If an different does attain, I’m succesful of bat No. 6 or 7 [or] I’m succesful of bat up the expose, so I am accurate attempting to safe myself ready and be in a accurate technique of pondering. No subject position I am given, I am confidently going to end effectively in.”

Matt Curler is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98