Pak vs Eng, 1st Test, 2022-23

England Test debutant Liam Livingstone will face Pakistan in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on Thursday

Livingstone, 29 years old, will be one of the two new faces that skipper Ben Stokes has named for the first Test. This is the team that ended the English Summer. Zak Crawley will be joined by Ben Duckett at the top of this order. This replaces Alex Lees, who was dropped after his four Test appearances against Bangladesh and India in 2016-17. Harry Brook, a Yorkshire batsman, keeps his No. 5. Jonny Bairstow was replaced at the Kia Oval by Harry Brook, the Yorkshire batter.

Livingstone, who was chosen for his spinning abilities and ball-striking skills that have made him a favorite signing on the Twenty20 circuit, will be playing a competitive red-ball match in Lancashire’s 2021 summer. His first-class averages for both the bat and the ball are in the upper 30s.

His selection in the XI was ultimately for his explosive potential. Brendon Mccullum, the head coach, stated it on Monday:He A player like this can be hard to ignore. He bowls offspin, legpin, fields well, and hits the ball out of the park. In the end, it was Will Jacks (Surrey’s batting allrounder), who bowls offspin. Livingstone won the vote because he offers both finger and wrist spin.

Stokes stated, “The only real discussion that we felt was worth having was whether Jacksy or Livi.” “I think it’s very nice to have someone who does both. I think it’s important to consider the role that Livi will play as a third spinner. We are very impressed by the way he uses the bat. It is very similar in style to Jacksy. However, Livi has the ability to offspin and legspin.

Stokes refers to Livingstone as a third spinner because he wants to use Joe Root’s offspin alongside Jack Leach’s left arm orthodox. Leach is considered to be the frontline spinner. Livingstone will complement both.

“With Livi, it’s one of those cricketers that can come on from any place and take a wicket even if the ball is flowing a little the other way. Rooty was also a subject of my conversation. I will try to use Rooty quite a bit. He seems to be underusing himself. HeHe’s a very talented offspin bowler. HeHe’s been working hard to improve his bowling.

Livingstone was part of England’s successful T20 team. This week, Livingstone will be presented a maiden Test cap. World Cup campaign in Australia. It is possible that he would enjoy the opportunity to play the longest format as he is a specialist in the shorter format. This was evident from an English perspective in 2021 when he was carrying the Hundred’s first edition.

Stokes said that he had spoken to Livingstone about the possibility of being able to play in these Test matches. He received a positive response. In the last two weeks, Livingstone’s lack of first class action has become less of a concern and more of a joke. Stokes laughed that Livingstone would “probably try to hit some over this media center, no doubt”.

“It was a very simple conversation I had before we went out on our trip to Australia for his birthday. World Cup. I clearly told him where we stood regarding him playing red-ball cricket in the subcontinent.

“With his ball skills and the way he plays the bat, it is amazing. [he] Baz and I are very aligned in our desire to see the team perform. He He jumped at the chance. He may not find it too difficult to play a red-ball sport. HeHe is a natural cricketer. I look forward to seeing him in whites. He Did he say, “What are these?” when he took his white pads out from the bag?

Duckett was also chosen based on his style of play. He has been remembered for an outstanding performance last season in Nottinghamshire. He Hit 1012 runs with an average of 72.28 and a pace of 76.09, which is almost as positive for this management group’s three centuries. He His extensive play in the T20 Series in Pakistan a few month ago, with 233 runs at 46.60 and strike rate 159.58, highlighted Stokes’s determination to be the right man for the job ahead Keaton Jennings.

Stokes said that Ducky proved in the T20s his superiority against spin bowling. “To have someone like him at the top who can mess with the fields and make it an captain’s nightmare. He sweeps both sides, and we all know how important spin is in this area. We are thrilled to have him at our top.

Brook’s selection is a continuation of his summer in South Africa in which he drank before making his debut in the format in South Africa’s last Test. He Scored 12 in his match-ending innings. He also comes off a fantastic season with Yorkshire. A monster average of 101.44 with three hundreds, including a career high 194 against Kent. And a final total of 967 runs from only eight matches.

Stokes said that Harry’s first-class cricket has not made much of a difference over the past year. “Another one, who is a perfect match for like in their play for Jonny. He [Bairstow] Brooky is Brooky’s replacement, which is a huge loss in the Test team.

Stokes also talked about how it is important to approach the Pakistan tour with a sense of life and cricket. On Monday, the England captained revealed he would be dominating his match fees, understood to be approximately £50,000 (US$60,000) for this tour to the Pakistan flood appeal.

“This is a historic moment for English cricket and Pakistan as a country. There are greater things than cricket in this world. It was devastating for the country and I came out to represent my country and bring the sport back to life. There are many things in life that are more important than cricket, and I felt the need to give back something bigger than cricket.

Vithushan Ehantharajah works as an associate editor at ESPNcricinfo

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