Liam Livingstone issues warning ahead of first Pakistan Test

He will make his debut in Rawalpindi

By Web Desk
November 30, 2022
Livingstone poses while wearing his brand new Test kit — ECB

RAWALPINDI: England all-rounder Liam Livingstone has made a bold claim ahead of his Test debut against Pakistan tomorrow in Rawalpindi.

While thanking skipper Ben Stokes and head coach Brendon McCullum, Livingstone said that he will not change his batting style and will take the attack to the opposition.

"Test cricket has never not been a dream for me, it had never gone. I just thought it was going to be hard for me to realise that dream. Thankfully Baz [McCullum] and Ben [Stokes] have taken it down a pretty cool route," Livingstone told Sky Sports' Michael Atherton on the eve of the Rawalpindi Test.

"It is up to me to repay the faith they have shown in me and my game. I won't change too much, the message from above is don't change the way you play. When you have backing like that from someone like Baz, it is quite inspiring. It is special to have someone like that who believes in your game.

"The conversation [about me playing Test cricket] was very simple. Ben asked me if I would be interested and I answered 'yes'. That was it. It was a childhood dream and I would be very stupid to say no without ever experiencing it."

Livingstone also said that he wants to continue entertaining the fans in the longest format of the game, just like his teammates.

"They want people to watch. White-ball cricket is about entertainment and hopefully we can bring a bit of that into red-ball cricket. The boys already have. I was sat there as a fan in the summer being entertained. Hopefully I can bring entertainment, too,” he said.

"I am really excited. Growing up as a kid, you always pretend you are playing in a Test or the World Cup for England. Having won the T20 World Cup, to then make my Test debut will be a pretty special time in my life,” he added.

After the first match in Rawalpindi, the second Test moves to Multan starting on Friday, December 9, and the final Test of the tour will take place in Karachi, commencing on Saturday, December 17.