Liam Livingstone injured his finger during England’s warm-up game against India and now faces an anxious 24-hour wait to discover the extent of the damage.
England star Liam Livingstone has suffered an injury scare ahead of the T20 World Cup, after he was forced to leave the field in pain during his side’s six-wicket defeat to India in their first warm-up game.
Livingstone injured his finger when attempting to take a catch during the 16th over of India’s chase, dropping Ishan Kishan in the deep.
The Lancashire star was in visible pain and immediately replaced by Sam Billings for the remainder of the game.
In an official update, England said they will look to assess the injury in the next 24 hours.
Livingstone suffered the injury to the little finger on his left hand and England will have to wait for the swelling to go down before they can assess how big a problem it is.
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With no Ben Stokes to call on, Livingstone’s big hitting and occasional leg spin will form a key part of England’s plans and they will be hoping that the injury is not too serious.
During the game, Livingstone impressed with both bat and ball, scoring 30 off 20 balls and then dismissing India skipper Virat Kohli.
However, it was India’s opening partnership of KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan that stole the show, with both players scoring half-centuries.
Rahul got things off to a flier, smashing 51 off just 24 balls, while Kishan ultimately retired out having made 70 off 46 balls.
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For England, Moeen Ali was their biggest plus, with the all-rounder surely nailing down his spot as the finisher for their opening game against the West Indies this weekend.
Moeen struck 43 not out off just 20 balls from number six, continuing the good form he showed for the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL.
Along with Livingstone, Jonny Bairstow also impressed with the bat as he scored 49 off 36 balls.
David Willey, meanwhile, was economical with the ball as no bowler besides him and Livingstone were able to keep their economy rates below 10.