Hard work helping Livingstone shine for England

17 July 2021 18:12:02 GMTPlus10

Liam Livingstone smashed a record-breaking century for England in Friday's first T20 international against Pakistan, but it wasn't enough to stop the tourists from claiming victory.

The Lancashire batsman reached 100 in just 42 balls at Trent Bridge - the fastest T20 ton for England - but the hosts are currently 2.62 to win the three-match series after falling to defeat.

Batting first at Trent Bridge, Pakistan set a big total for England to chase with Babar Azam smashing 85 to help the tourists make 232-6 – their biggest international T20 score.

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England were reduced to 82-4 in the seventh over, but Livingstone gave them a chance with his brilliant knock before eventually falling 31 runs short.

The man from Cumbria has been recently classed as a fringe player in the England camp, but Friday's display is likely to have sealed his place in the squad for the T20 World Cup later this year.

Livingstone believes he is now reaping the benefits of his recent international experience, as well as the hard work he has put into his game.

The 27-year-old said: "It's really nice, if you look four years ago when I first came in to this team, I think it's polar opposites to what I am now.

"The most pleasing thing is the work I've put in, the travelling around the world to gain experience. I felt really good that it's all come together."

The second T20 clash takes place on Sunday afternoon, when the two teams meet at Headingley, with the third and final match at Livingstone's home ground of Old Trafford on Tuesday.

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