Livingstone responds to Shane Warne and Kevin Pietersen's comments

Shamanth Jayaram September 21, 2021
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In an interview with The Daily Mail, England all-rounder Liam Livingstone has admitted that he was delighted to hear two of his ‘heroes’, Shane Warne and Kevin Pietersen, back him for the test squad.

Livingstone burst onto the scene when he smashed a 42-ball century for England against Pakistan in a T20 international. Everyone stood up and took notice of him, and it’s only a matter of time before he makes the jump to test cricket.

Warne and Pietersen both believed that he was ready to face India in the recently concluded test series. The selectors didn’t agree with the two legends of the game, but Livingstone appreciated their comments.

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Livingstone: Warne and Pietersen are my heroes

In an interview with The Daily Mail this week, Livingstone opened up about his test cricket ambitions.

He said: “It’s something I’m not giving up on and hopefully I can get time to work on it. It was nice to hear people like Shane Warne and Kevin Pietersen saying this summer I could play Test cricket because they were two of my heroes. 

“Test cricket is still the pinnacle of our sport and it’s what everybody dreams of playing growing up. I would love to play Test cricket one day.”

Livingstone in the IPL

Livingstone is a part of IPL side Rajasthan Royals, who face the Punjab Kings later today. The Englishman is best known for his ability in the shortest format of the game and he could well show his class in the UAE this afternoon.

The 28-year-old will be a key player for Rajasthan in the coming weeks. The Royals are without both Ben Stokes and Jos Butler, which makes them considerably weaker.

However, if Livingstone can get going – both with the bat and the ball – it will not be easy for the other teams to stop him.

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Shamanth works as a senior editor at GRV Media. Based in Bangalore, India, he's a massive Arsenal fan who also enjoys a bit of UFC every now and then.