Hopefully I’ll be back around the IPL time to get back into the swing of things: Liam Livingstone

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England all-rounder Liam Livingstone has missed most of the cricketing action in 2022 due to ankle and knee injuries and is hoping to be fully fit before the upcoming IPL season. 

While speaking to Sky Sports after the announcement of the fixtures of The Hundred, Livingstone said that he is excited for The Hundred and the Ashes and is hoping to make his return to the game in the upcoming IPL. 

The 29-year-old batting all-rounder from England suffered an ankle injury during the 2022 edition of The Hundred but recovered in time to be in England’s squad for the T20 World Cup in Australia. He was also included in England’s Test squad for the Pakistan tour but suffered a knee injury in the first Test and couldn’t play in the rest of the series. 

He has been away from the game since then and now is hoping to return in the IPL for Punjab Kings ahead of the Ashes and The Hundred. Talking to Sky Sports, Livingstone said, “I am recovering from a knee injury from that one [the Pakistan tour] and was carrying an ankle problem during the World Cup. I am just trying to get those sorted, it’s a slow process at the moment. I am heading in the right direction. Hopefully I’ll be back in the next couple of months.”

“It was disappointing [getting injured during The Hundred]. I started the tournament not great and finally got some runs at The Oval. Unfortunately, I had a bit of a freak incident and hurt my ankle.”It was incredibly disappointing to have got injured at the time, especially when it’s the crunch time of a tournament.”

“It’s going to be a long few weeks building up from rehab, and hopefully I’ll be back around the IPL time so I can get back into the swing of things.”

Livingstone also added that it is a good thing that none of the matches in the Hundred clashes with any game of the National team. He said, “I think everybody wants to see the England internationals play, that’s what brings the crowds in and that’s what people want to see. Certainly, for the young players in England, to be around the dressing room with (Ben) Stokes and (Joe) Root, it’s massive for us. Them being able to play is a big pull.”

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