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Livingstone recalled in 16-man England squad for India T20Is

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Liam Livingstone was the standout name in England’s 16-member squad for the five-match T20I series against India in Ahmedabad next month.

The squad was identical to the one England named for the T20Is against South Africa in December, but with the addition of Livingstone, who last played an international for England in 2017, when he turned out in a T20I against South Africa in Cardiff.

Since then, he has been on the fringes of the senior squad, but a fine performance in the recently-concluded Big Bash League has propelled him into the national T20I squad – Livingstone amassed 426 runs in 14 matches for Perth Scorchers, averaging over 30 and striking at 133. 

The Eoin Morgan-led squad comprises Jos Buttler, who returned home following the first Test of the series in Chennai, as well as Jonny Bairstow and Mark Wood, both of whom were rested for the first leg of the Tests in India. 

The five T20Is, all of which will be played at the new Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad, assumes all the more importance given the men’s T20 World Cup 2021 will take place in India later this year, and the series offers the team a chance to forge their plans for the marquee event.

England will name a separate squad for the ODIs. 

T20I squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, Mark Wood.

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